Hawker 4000

The Hawker Horizon is better known as the 4000, and the midsize jet has been developed by Hawker Beechcraft (formerly Raytheon). It was debuted in 1996 as the Horizon, and the 4000 model debuted at the end of 2005 at the NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) meeting. In 2007, Beechcraft had more than 130 orders for the aircraft, and they started delivery in the middle of 2008. The largest ever commercial order in Raytheon's history happened in 2005, when NetJets ordered fifty Hawker 4000s.

The 4000 is certified to the FAA's FAR Pt. 25 standard, which imposes a five year limit on transport aircraft certification. The model was tested at Eglin AFB's McKinly Climatic Laboratory in 2005, and completed reliability and function testing in 2006. The Hawker 4000 earned its FAA certification in November of 2006. BJETS ordered ten of the aircraft in May 2008, in a contract that was worth more than $330 million. After that event, an order was delivered to the first individual customer in Wichita, KS, starting a new phase in general aviation.

The Hawker 4000 got its Civil Aviation Administration certificate in China at the end of 2009, and in February of 2010, the first 4000 was delivered to mainland China to be based at the Beijing international airport. This jet can seat eight people in a spacious cabin, due to the carbon composite material. There is ample standing room at about six feet, and the construction makes for a much lighter and longer-range aircraft. It can fly up to 3,445 nm, and up to an altitude of 45,000 feet. It comes equipped with a Primus avionics suite by Honeywell, complete with an autothrottle.