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Nextant Aerospace Completes 400XT Research and Development Certification

Business Wire- 12/7/2010 11:02:00 AM EST

Nextant Aerospace Completes 400XT Research and Development Certification

( BW)(OH-NEXTANT-AEROSPACE)(COL.NYSE) Nextant Aerospace Completes 400XT Research and Development Certification

Successfully Completed Company R&D Flight Tests

Nextant Aerospace, a pioneer in the field of aircraft remanufacturing, has announced the completion of the Company R&D flight testing for the 400XT.

“We have flown more than 120 flight test hours toward the certification of the Pro Line 21 avionics and Williams International FJ44-3AP engine installations on the 400A/XP airframe. We continue to be impressed with the performance of the 400XT. The aircraft is exceeding our expectation in all key performance and handling aspects. The flight test article is undergoing final configuration changes and FAA conformity in our Cleveland facilities in preparation for the return to the Mojave Flight Test Center and the start of the FAA Certification Flight Tests in early December. We remain on target for 400XT Certification during the first quarter of 2011,” said James Miller, President of Nextant Aerospace.

The Nextant Aerospace 400XT significantly improves the extremely popular Hawker Beechjet 400A/XP by extending its range more than 50% to over 2,000 nautical miles (4 PAX NBAA IFR) while reducing operating costs by 30%.

For additional information, please visit www.nextantaerospace.com .

About Nextant Aerospace

Nextant Aerospace was founded in 2007 for the primary purpose of developing an aircraft modernization program. The company is credited with being the first to introduce the concept of aircraft remanufacturing to the business jet market.

The Nextant 400XT is a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/XP equipped with the Williams FJ44-3AP engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics suite. The new aircraft also benefits from significant aerodynamic enhancements including newly designed nacelles, pylons and an improved engine mounting configuration. The 400XT is delivered as a new aircraft with a 2 year tip to tail warranty. In October of 2010, Nextant announced that they had secured an order for 40 aircraft from the fractional ownership company Flight Options.

Nextant’s design and manufacturing facility is located in Cleveland, OH at the Cuyahoga County Airport (KCGF). For more information, please visit www.nextantaerospace.com .

About Williams International

Williams International is the world leader in small turbine engines and customer support, with headquarters in Walled Lake, Michigan, and a design-to-production facility in Ogden, Utah. For more information about the company, its products, and support, please visit www.williams-int.com .

About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation and training is delivered by nearly 20,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com .

CONTACT:

Nextant Aerospace
Aimee Dalton, 216-261-9000
media@nextantaerospace.com
www.nextantaerospace.com

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