Hawker 200 is a twin-engine light business jet designed and built by Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) of Switzerland. The aircraft was known as Beechcraft Premier II during its early stages of development. It is derived from the Beechcraft Premier I aircraft.

"The spacious cabin of the Hawker 200 can carry six passengers in club seating configuration to enable business conferences."

The Premier II was launched by HBC in May 2008 at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. It was upgraded and renamed as Hawker 200 in October 2010.

The Hawker 200 was showcased at the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention held at DeKalb Peachtree Airport in Atlanta on 18 October 2010.

The maiden Hawker 200 prototype completed first fight in March 2010. The maiden flight of the first preproduction Hawker 200 took place on 3rd June 2011.

Certifications are expected in the third quarter of 2012. The Hawker 200 is scheduled to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2012 or early 2013.

Orders and deliveries of the Hawker 200

As of May 2008, a total of 40 firm orders for Premier II were received by HBC. RayaJet and Ayla Aviation Academy selected HBC in May 2009 to supply Premier II.

Design of the twin-engine light business jet

The Hawker 200 was designed to fly at high cruise speeds, consume less fuel and minimise carbon emissions. The aircraft can take-off from and land on short runways and unprepared airstrips even in adverse weather conditions.

It is made up of advance light weight graphite epoxy composite materials in a honeycomb structure to render strength and durability while improving overall aerodynamics.

Flight deck of the aircraft

The Hawker 200 is equipped with ProLine 21 avionics suite. The flight deck comprises three liquid crystal displays of 0.2m length and 0.25m width to display the data related to navigation, flight instrumentation, fuel and engine to the pilot.

It also boasts an FMS-300 flight management system, wide area augmented system (WAAS), air speed indicator (ASI), automatic flight guidance system (AFGS) and integrated flight information system (IFIS) with file server unit and cursor control unit.

The spacious cabin of the Hawker 200 can carry six passengers in club seating configuration to enable business conferences. It was designed to provide passengers with in-flight access to 77ft3 of available volume in the baggage compartment.

The cabin of Hawker 200 is 30% larger when compared to that of conventional business jets. It boasts a large galley, belted lavatory, inbuilt cabin stowage area, refreshment centre, executive tables and cabin climate control systems.

The cabin is 4.11m long and 1.68m wide. Its height is 1.65m.

Avionics onboard the Swiss business jet

The avionics suite installed in the Hawker 200 includes traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS II), engine indicating system (EIS), dual air data computer (ADC), multiscan weather radar, AHS-3000 attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) and communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) radio sensor payload.

Other avionics incorporated include DME-4000 distance measuring equipment, DBU-5000 database unit, dual control display units (CDU), electronic check-list, terrain avoidance and warning system (TAWS) and a wireless information management server.

The aircraft is fitted with modern flight control system comprising a fail passive autopilot system. The HF-9000 communication system integrated in the aircraft renders communications even in ocean and remote regions. A maintenance diagnostic computer (MDC) offers check-list functions such as normal, abnormal and emergency.

Engines powering the Hawker 200

The Hawker 200 is powered by two FJ44-3AP turbofan engines, each rated at 13.34kN of thrust. The engine is designed and manufactured by Williams International.

"Hawker 200 is a twin-engine light business jet designed and built by Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) of Switzerland."

The full authority digital engine control (FADEC) compatible FJ44-3AP features high thrust to weight ratio and minimal fuel consumption, decreasing the operational cost.

The length and fan diameter of the engine are 1.58m and 0.58m respectively. The dry weight is 239kg. The time between overhaul (TBO) of the engine is 4,000 hours.

The Hawker 200 can fly at a maximum speed of 876km/h. The maximum and ferry ranges of the aircraft are 1,945km and 3,010km respectively. The service ceiling is 13,716m. The take-off and landing lengths are 1,134m and 1,026m respectively.