At the September 1995 NBAA convention, Raytheon announced a development project aimed at producing a light corporate jet. This new jet would be the first such aircraft to originate with Raytheon, who’s Beechjet and Hawker lines were acquired from their original manufacturers. The new aircraft, named Premier, would break new ground in its design and composition: the fuselage was constructed entirely of carbon fiber and Nomex-honeycomb composite materials, and the aluminum wing incorporate panels milled from solid aluminum stock. The public rollout in August 1998 was, impressively timely. First flight of the Premier I occurred on December 22, 1998, but delays in the program caused certification to be withheld until March, 2001 with initial deliveries scheduled to begin in May or June. The Premier I was the first composite-fuselage business jet to gain FAA certification. To date 169 aircraft have been produced. The Premier IA, certified in September 2005, is the largest single-pilot business jet in the world. It is essentially the same basic aircraft as the Premier I but has improved brakes, avionics, and a redesigned cabin.
The Raytheon Premier I is powered by a pair of Williams/Rolls-Royce FJ44-2A turbofan engines flat rated at 2,300 lbs. of thrust each to ISA +13C. Inspection interval on the engines is 3,500 hours.
The avionics suite available on the Premier IA is a large upgrade to the original Premier I. The Premier IA features 3 8×10” LCD which display all information necessary for the pilot. The standard Collins Pro Line 21 digital integrated avionics suite accommodates TCAS, EGPWS, digital weather radar and RVSM capabilities. The Collins Integrated Flight information System (IFIS) provides a range of display options including electronic Jeppesen charts, ,XM WX satellite weather and Universal weather map overlays.
The Raytheon Premier IA is a small, twin turbofan-powered entry-level corporate jet configured as a cantilever low-wing monoplane with a T-tail. Wings and tail surfaces are swept. The retractable tricycle landing gear is of a relatively narrow track and employs straight oleo main struts. The fuselage is built in two main sections and is constructed entirely of carbon fiber and Nomex-honeycomb composite materials. The aluminum wing incorporates panels milled from solid aluminum stock. The somewhat unconventional shape of the fuselage reflects the extent to which computer modeling was used to determine a form which would best accommodate both the desired interior function and the high-speed airflow. The wing is mounted well below the fuselage pressure vessel with a curvaceous fairing to smooth the junction.
The Premier IA cabin entry is via an air stair door located on the port side of the fuselage forward of the wing. Cabin dimensions are 13.5ft in length, 5.4ft in height, and 5.5ft in width. The Beechcraft Premier IA features a contoured cabin headliner that increases passenger headroom, adjustable LED downwash lighting and passenger reading lights. The interior is roomy, quiet and comfortable with features contoured seats that swivel and recline, a private aft lavatory, and the availability of a variety of audio and video entertainment systems. Cabin chairs have been restyled, adding side bolsters to the seat back and bottom cushions for increased comfort and new seat base contouring for more foot room for fifth and sixth seat occupants. Other improvements include a smooth single-action passenger work table incorporated into the lower sidewall, improved temperature control and table storage with 110 VAC outlets and provisioning for the optional Satcom flight phone. The cockpit has a volume of 85 cu ft while the remaining cabin area has 315 cu ft for a total interior volume of 400cu ft.
|General||Premier IA, HBC-390|
|Category||Jet < 20,000 lbs.|
|Years Aircraft Manufactured||2006-Present|
|Serial Number Range||160-305 & up|
|Retail High Price||$6,934,700.00 / 5,441,659.09€|
|Retail Low Price||$3,210,000.00 / 2,518,887.00€|
|Characteristics||Premier IA, HBC-390|
|External Dimensions (ft)||Premier IA, HBC-390|
|Internal Dimensions (ft)||Premier IA, HBC-390|
|Internal Length (Overall/Net Height)||13.5|
|Internal Width (Max/Floor)||5.5|
|Baggage||Premier IA, HBC-390|
|Power||Premier IA, HBC-390|
|Engines||2 Wms/RR FJ44-2A|
|Output (lbs ea.)/Flat Rating||2,300/ISA+13|
|Data based on latest manufactured year|