Beechcraft Premier IA to Showcase Speed Characteristics at Reno Air Races

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Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced its plans to showcase several of its popular Beechcraft products at the National Championship Air Races and Air Show on Sept. 15-19 at the Reno Stead Field in Reno, Nev. The company will highlight the event with the Beechcraft Premier IA, the world’s fastest and most technologically advanced single-pilot business jet. Piloted by NASA astronaut Captain Robert “Hoot” Gibson, the light jet will make four flight passes in front of the air show audience. In addition to the Premier IA, HBC will also feature its King Air 350i, King Air C90GTx and Baron G58 as part of the Air Show static display.

“The Reno Air Races provide a unique environment to showcase our popular Beechcraft products, especially the Premier IA,” said Keith Nadolski, HBC president, Beechcraft Americas. “The Premier IA flyby will demonstrate its speed, ease of handling and superior performance. Attendees will also see for the first time at Reno our new King Air 350i and King Air C90GTx.”

The company will display the following Beechcraft products at the show:

  • Premier IA– Truly an advanced technology light jet, the Premier IA offers customers an industry-leading combination of speed, cabin size and efficiency. With its single-pilot certification, advanced composite construction, seven-passenger seating and a top cruise speed of more than 500 miles per hour, the Premier IA offers the ultimate in operational flexibility. It sets the industry standard for being both a true “pilot’s airplane” and a serious business tool.
  • King Air 350i– Now equipped with the Rockwell Collins Venue™ cabin management system and state-of-the-art Beechcraft FlexCabin capability, the King Air 350i sets the standard in cabin comfort, entertainment and flexibility while delivering excellent fuel efficiency, twin engine safety and the lowest operating cost per seat mile, making it one of the greenest aircraft available to business travelers today.
  • King Air C90GTx– Key enhancements to the King Air C90GTx include an increase in gross weight and the addition of composite winglets, which improve climb performance and further increase fuel efficiency. Featuring a cabin 50 percent larger than some very light jets, the C90GTx seats up to seven passengers in its famed squared-oval design, allowing greater passenger comfort. It includes an in-flight accessible, heated and pressurized baggage storage area along with a private aft lavatory as standard.
  • Baron G58– The twin-engine piston aircraft that pilots aspire to own, the Baron G58 offers unmatched performance and range/payload capabilities in its segment. It also features a premium cabin that provides the best ride of any twin-engine aircraft, including flexible seating for two, four or six people, with the option to reconfigure and remove seats to accommodate mission needs and large baggage items. Its flight deck includes fully integrated Garmin G1000® avionics with a GFC 700 flight control system and new GWX 68 color weather radar.

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit

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