RC4 Flies In Final Production Configuration
Aircraft’s fourth Hawker Horizon entered the certification
test program yesterday with its first flight. Hawker Horizon RC-4
lifted off from Beech Field at 11:53 a.m. CDT and flew for 90
minutes. Senior test pilot Tim Miller, co-pilot Ken Sasine
and flight test engineer Amin Gulamhussein conducted a series of
functional tests with speeds ranging from 135 to 340 knots at
"This aircraft represents the final production configuration,
and we were very pleased with the results of the first flight,"
said David Riemer, Vice President – Product Development and
The fourth Hawker Horizon will conduct FAA Function and
Reliability testing as part of the certification effort. In
addition, it will participate in an operational evaluation that
will ensure a successful entry into service and full customer
satisfaction prior to initial deliveries. Certification and
deliveries are expected by the end of this year.
For its first flight, RC-4’s cabin was fitted with
interior components, including sidewalls, headliners and lav and
cabin doors. "The Horizon’s composite fuselage allows us to
build interior components that can be installed in the airplane
with virtually no trim-to-fit changes required," said Brad Hatt,
President/General Manager of the Hawker Division. "This
reduces the amount of time required to install, provides great
component interchangeability, and enhances the overall interior."
Each Hawker Horizon interior will be installed at the
company’s Little Rock facility, where Hawker 800XPs are now
The Hawker Horizon offers an outstanding combination of range,
speed and cabin size. An NBAA IFR range of 3,100 nm with six
passengers is guaranteed, assuring the ability to cross the U.S.
non-stop against almost any wind. A maximum range of more than
3,400 nm provides trans-Atlantic capability and additional
The Horizon fuselage is made with the advanced composite
technology. Built in three sections, the Horizon fuselage
features a 72-inch stand-up cabin and 77.5-inch width.
A flat floor runs the entire length of the aircraft, leading to
a large baggage area. The baggage compartment is accessible on the
ground through an exterior door or during flight through the
The Hawker Horizon will be delivered with a comprehensive
customer support package and will be served by Raytheon
Aircraft’s global network of company-owned and independent