An upgraded version of the Beechjet 400 (which in turn was the name given to Mitsubishi’s Diamond series after it was purchased by Beechcraft in 1985), the Beechjet 400A—also known as the Hawker 400A—is among the elite in private aviation, remaining a strong contender in the entry-level light jet category despite its age (“You don’t find many airplanes that still count among best in class after four decades in the marketplace,” reports Business Jet Traveler). It improved upon its predecessor with a higher payload and ceiling, a larger cabin, greater fuel storage, and increased range. Since its introduction into the market in 1991, this business jet has consistently satisfied its passengers and crew alike. It was manufactured through 2003, when it was purchased by Raytheon to become the successful Hawker 400XP.
Beechjet 400A features
The Beechjet 400A features a spacious and luxurious interior, comfortably accommodating seven passengers. Its cabin measures 4.8 feet high, 4.9 feet wide, and 15.6 feet long, for a total cabin volume of 306 cubic feet. Passengers on the 400A can utilize an external storage space of 26 cubic feet, and can access 27 cubic feet of internal baggage space while in flight. In yet another improvement over the Beechjet 400, the 400A adds a rear lavatory and a refreshment cabinet to the cabin.
Cabin space is maximized by the relocation of the fuel tank underneath the floor, adding comfort factors such as the fully berthable 180-degree swivel seats. Additionally, the cabin has been soundproofed to offer a quieter and more relaxed flight experience for passengers.
Two Pratt and Whitney turbofan engines power the Beechjet 400A and provide 2,900 pounds of thrust each and have an inspection interval of 3,500 hours. The engines help the aircraft achieve a range of 1,500 nautical miles, as well as its high cruise speed of 513 mph. With a surface ceiling of 45,000 feet, the jet can avoid inclement weather and most other air traffic.
The 400A’s exterior has been redesigned with lighter alloys, which increases stability in flight. The business jet has a fuel capacity of 4,911 lbs., so longer flights with fewer stops are possible. Additionally, the brakes have been enhanced with anti-skid logic, which helps the aircraft achieve a larger maximum landing weight.
Pilots love the Beechcraft Beechjet 400A avionics suite due to its advanced features and user-friendly technology, and the aircraft was the first to be certified with such an advanced avionics suite. The 400A is equipped with the Collins Pro Line 4 avionics system, which includes the Collins FCS-850 digital flight control system, Collins FMS-850 flight management system, multifunctional display, and WXR-840 color weather radar.