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Tue, Dec 28, 2004

Certified: Hawker Horizon

Receives TC and First Customer Acceptance

The FAA has granted a provisional type certificate for the Hawker Horizon to Raytheon Aircraft Company, following over 1800 hours of developmental and certification flight testing. This historic milestone was followed by another major event -- the first customer acceptance of a Hawker Horizon.

"This is a fantastic accomplishment by the Hawker Horizon team and a great day for all Raytheon Aircraft employees," said Jim Schuster, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Aircraft Company. "The Hawker Horizon is the newest, most technically advanced super-midsize business aircraft available. It represents the ideal combination of technology, performance, and comfort, offering the cabin and range advantages of a large business jet, but at the operating cost of a mid-sized jet. It is a fabulous addition to the Hawker family."

Wichita businessman Jack DeBoer is the first Horizon customer. A lifelong aviation enthusiast, DeBoer is an entrepreneur in extended-stay hotel concepts and real estate development.

The newly certified Hawker Horizon is entering the marketplace with the best overall performance in its class -- performance that is even better than anticipated when the Horizon was initially unveiled. It has a take-off field length performance of 4,900 feet (gross weight, ISA/sea level conditions) and an extraordinary climb performance, requiring only 13 minutes to climb from sea level to FL370 (Flight Level 37,000 ft). Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW308A turbofan engines, the Horizon can fly six passengers and two crew a distance of 3,100 nautical miles at high speed cruise (Mach .82), and has a long range capability of 3,400 nautical miles.

"The Hawker Horizon has great ramp presence and with its phenomenal performance and airliner-like reliability and maintainability, this aircraft will quickly prove itself to be the leader in the super mid-size category," said Brad Hatt, President and General Manager of Hawker Business. "It will carry on the Hawker tradition of rugged, reliable aircraft that are the intelligent choice for corporations and individuals."

The Hawker Horizon fuselage is made with advanced composite technology. Built in three sections, the fuselage features a 72-inch stand-up cabin and 77.5-inch width. "The fit, finish and quality of the Horizon's customer-designed interior will set the standard for the super mid-size jet segment," commented Hatt.

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 cabin. The aircraft will be delivered with a comprehensive customer support package and will be served by Raytheon Aircraft Company's global network of company-owned and independent service centers.

FMI: www.raytheonaircraft.com

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