Nextant Aerospace has successfully completed the first test flight for the new G90XT turboprop.
The G90XT by Nextant Aerospace is a remanufactured King Air C90A that features the new H75 engine by GE.
“This is a very exciting day for the team at Nextant and our customer base,” said Nextant President and CEO Sean McGeough. “We announced this program just twelve months ago and we are on schedule for certification. We have great expectations for this aircraft and believe the new technology that it offers will be appealing to this market segment.”
Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations, Captain Nathan Marker, was at the controls of the G90XT for the first flight. “The increased power was very noticeable during the take-off run,” stated Captain Marker. “I was also impressed by the lower noise levels in the cockpit. The change in position
of the propellers relative to the fuselage combined with the new engine makes for a much quieter and more comfortable flight experience for passengers.”
In addition to the G90XT program, Captain Marker led the test flight program for the 400XTi remanufactured business jet.
“Like we did with the 400XTi, we will spend the next several weeks running the aircraft through a full test flight envelope.”
Nextant expects the flight test program to last approximately 6 weeks and anticipates certification for the aircraft in the second quarter of this year. Once certified, Nextant will begin delivery of production aircraft immediately.