The Beechcraft Premier is a light business jet manufactured by Beechcraft, part of the Textron Aviation family. The aircraft was developed in response to customer demand for a corporate jet that could provide a low-cost entry into the business aviation market. The aircraft was first introduced in 2001, with the first delivery of the Premier I model taking place in 2004.
The Premier I was designed to provide an economical alternative to larger business jets. The aircraft was built with a composite airframe, which allowed for a lightweight, fuel-efficient aircraft. The aircraft was powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545B turbofan engines, which provided a maximum cruise speed of 496 knots and a maximum range of 1,717 nm. The aircraft was also equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, which provided the latest in navigation and communication technology.
The Premier I was a success, and Beechcraft soon introduced the Premier II. This aircraft was powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F-E turbofans, which provided a maximum cruise speed of 514 knots and a maximum range of 1,858 nm. The aircraft was also equipped with Honeywell Primus Epic avionics, which provided the latest in navigation and communication technology.
The Premier series has been a popular choice for business aviation, and the aircraft have been well received by the industry. The aircraft are known for their low operational costs, and the combination of the composite airframe and advanced avionics have made them a cost-effective option for many businesses. However, the aircraft have also been plagued by safety concerns. In 2009, the US National Transportation Safety Board investigated a series of incidents involving the Premier I, including a crash that resulted in the death of two pilots. The NTSB determined that the aircraft was not properly maintained, and the agency issued a safety recommendation that operators of the aircraft should ensure that they adhere to maintenance schedules.
Despite these issues, the Beechcraft Premier series has made a lasting impact on the business aviation market. The aircraft have been praised for their efficient use of fuel, and the advanced avionics have allowed operators to stay up to date with the latest in navigation and communication technology. The aircraft have also been praised for their low noise levels, which has made them a popular choice for those looking to fly in quiet, comfortable surroundings. The aircraft have not only provided an economical entry into the business aviation market, but they have also provided a level of comfort, safety, and performance that is unrivaled in the industry.