Sierra Industries, Ltd. and sister company Skyway Aerospace Technologies, Inc. are pleased to announce their role in technology development for two of Hawker Beechcraft’s upgrade programs for legacy aircraft. Leveraging decades of Sierra Industries experience in developing Cessna Citation modification programs, Skyway Aerospace Technologies (SWAT) has played a leading role in engineering avionics, winglets and engine upgrades for the recently certified Hawker 800XPR and the Hawker 400XPR, expecting certification in 2012.

Following on the heels of the successful Sierra/Garmin G501SP avionics retrofit project, Skyway Aerospace Technologies was created to explore cooperative technology development with aircraft manufacturers. Programs like the Hawker 800XPR and 400XPR are excellent candidates for such joint development, allowing manufacturers to extend the useful life of legacy aircraft by offering an OEM-approved upgrade path for current aircraft owners. Utilizing their extensive re-engining and avionics experience and in-house PMA parts manufacturing capabilities, SWAT provides a dedicated, functionally focused partnership for maximizing speed and efficiency.

Mark Huffstutler, Skyway Group CEO said, Since our earliest days as a company, we have dedicated ourselves to taking the best legacy aircraft and making them better ” offering higher performance, efficiency and utility. By making maximum use of our resources, we’ve accomplished a great deal in the Citation market. We’re excited by the chance to leverage our hard-won expertise by joining forces with other aviation leaders. With commitment and teamwork, we can help offer other legacy aircraft owners a path to make the most of their aircraft investment. We look forward to many more such opportunities in the years to come.

The Hawker 800XPR upgrade package is FAA and EASA-certified and includes improved aerodynamics with integrated winglets and new technology Honeywell TFE731-50R engines, flat-rated to 4,660 lbs. thrust. The 400XPR program features new Williams International FJ44-4A powerplants, winglets, Pro Line 21 avionics and more. Certification is expected in 2012 and both programs 800XPR dramatically illustrate the Skyway Group and Hawker Beechcraft’s commitment to offer their customers cost-effective products to improve performance, reduce operating costs, increase efficiency and enhance the resale value of their aircraft.

Visit us at NBAA 2011: Sierra at booth C9847 & Silver Lot Static Display, Hawker Beechcraft at booth C7809 and #32 at the Henderson Field Static Display.