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Higher, Farther, Faster Premier II to be powered by Williams FJ44-3AP

May 19, 2008

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announces the world’s largest, best performing and most technologically advanced single-pilot business jet.

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today launched the newest member of its legendary family of capable, comfortable, reliable and efficient jets—the new Beechcraft Premier II light business jet. Evolving from the highly successful Premier IA, the Premier II will feature higher cruise speeds, a 20 percent longer range with four passengers and an increased payload while still offering the largest cabin and most technologically advanced single-pilot business jet in the world.

“For 75 years, our company has been on the forefront of private and business jet aviation,” said Jim Schuster, Hawker Beechcraft chairman and CEO. “The Beechcraft Premier II will redefine the light jet market and take it to a new level in meeting customer expectations. With its unmatched performance and efficiency, impressively spacious cabin and advanced technology, the Premier II is a natural choice for business and private travelers who want to travel in comfort and get to their destination quickly.”

The Premier II will be a twin turbofan, swept wing, light jet aircraft featuring a high-strength, state-of-the-art all-composite fuselage that allows for a medium-jet sized cabin at light jet costs. Featuring luxurious and comfortable standard seating for up to six passengers and their baggage, the Premier II will deliver more people to more locations, more efficiently and in more comfort than any other light jet.


Enhanced Performance

At the heart of these major aircraft advancements will be a pair of FJ44-3AP turbofan engines, the newest member of the Williams International engine family. These highly efficient, ultra powerful engines will produce 6,000 pounds of combined thrust—an increase of more than 23 percent from the Premier IA. Combined with new elliptical winglets, the new-generation engines will allow the Premier II to climb higher to an unrestricted, chart-topping maximum cruising altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 m) and fly farther—a 1,500 nm (2,778 km) mission with one pilot and four passengers. The 4,000-foot operating ceiling boost also puts passengers well above most traffic and weather, allowing them to enjoy the smoothest ride and arrive at their destination faster. Simply put, the Premier II will save owners and operators time and money.

The higher thrust engines will also improve high/hot take-off operations and increase maximum cruise speed to 465 knots (861 km/hr) at typical cruise altitudes. The time to climb to FL370 will improve from 17 minutes to 14 minutes, ensuring more efficient ATC operations and direct routing. The maximum gross takeoff weight (MGTOW) will also increase from the 12,500 pound (5,670 kg) limit found on the Premier IA to 13,800 pounds (6,260 kg), allowing operators to carry more than 900 pounds of payload with full fuel. More payload and range mean more flexibility and capability for owners without the higher acquisition and operating costs of a larger jet.

“The Beechcraft Premier IA is the fastest large-cabin, single-pilot business jet in production today, and the Premier II will be even better. Our program objective was all about improving the performance of our exceptionally successful Premier IA,” said Brad Hatt, president, Commercial Aircraft. “The Premier II takes everything that operators love about the Premier IA and improves upon it to create an aircraft that will deliver the performance and capabilities of a much larger jet while providing the economy and efficiency of a light jet. The result is an aircraft than can fly further, faster, and higher than ever before.”


Cockpit Changes

While the Premier II’s cabin will pamper passengers with luxury and comfort, its cockpit will deliver an advanced level of operational sophistication and situational awareness—just what one would expect in a jet designed to be flown single-pilot. The Premier II’s flight deck will be fine-tuned to accommodate a new 3-in-1 Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS), FADEC control switches, VHF Comm ground switch and avionics integration of the standby COMM/NAV controller.


Manufacturing and Certification

Elliptical shaped winglets, crafted of lightweight, ultra strong composites, will be installed to enhance aerodynamic performance. The Premier II’s winglets contribute to the aircraft’s long list of performance advantages. The winglets offer reduced drag and an increased effective wingspan without actually lengthening the wings, enabling the Premier II to fly farther than its predecessor. The custom designed winglets were sized to provide distance performance improvements while not impacting airframe inspection schedules.

The improved capability is also largely due to the Premier II’s certification in accordance with 14 CFR Part 23 Commuter Category thru Amendment 23-57, which will include new engines specified in compliance with the environmental aircraft pollution standards. First flight of the aircraft is scheduled for April 2009 with FAA Certification planned for Q2 2010. European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) certification is expected in Q4 2010.

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Cessna Flies New Williams Engine Pegged for CJ4

April 02, 2007

Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:  TXT) company, today flew for the first time the new Williams FJ44-4A engine aboard a Citation test bed aircraft. The Williams FJ44-4A will power the new Citation CJ4 being developed by Cessna as the newest member of the popular CJ line of Citation business jets.

First flight of the CJ4 is scheduled for the first half of 2008 and entry into service is set for the first half of 2010.

“The first flight of the new engine went very well, and performance exceeded our expectations during the 50-minute flight,” said CJ4 Program Manager Norm Baker III. “This new Williams engine is going to give our aircraft excellent capability in terms of performance, thrust, fuel economy and aerodynamics.”

The Williams International FJ44-4A electronically controlled (FADEC) engine will debut on the CJ4. The twin engines each provide 3,400 pounds of thrust (de-rated from 3,600 pounds), compared to 2,820 pounds of the CJ3’s FJ44-3A.

The FJ44-4A has the best thrust-to-weight ratio in its thrust class, and it incorporates several proprietary aerodynamic improvements that yield a significant reduction in fuel consumption. Although slightly larger than an FJ44-3A, it is still a close derivative and makes use of the same FADEC.

The Williams engine on the new CJ4 is in keeping with the company’s family concept for its CJ line. Cessna’s CJ1+ is powered by Williams’ FJ44-1AP, CJ2+ is powered by the FJ44-3A-24, and CJ3 is powered by the FJ44-3A.

“Every lesson we’ve learned in 3 million FJ44 flight hours has been applied to this latest model,” said Gregg Williams, President and CEO of Williams International. “It is our most efficient engine yet, and thanks to all our prior field experience, as well as reduced operating temperatures, it will enter service with a very attractive Total Assurance Program price and a 5000-hour TBO.”

Configurable for seven to eight passengers in the main cabin, the CJ4 is expected to have a full fuel payload of 1,000 pounds and maximum payload of 2,100 pounds, more than 300 additional pounds compared to the typical CJ3. The CJ4 is expected to have a cruise speed of 500 miles per hour (435 KTAS).

The newly engineered wing of the CJ4 is moderately swept. Some features of the wing are similar to the Sovereign, including the three upper speed brake panels on each wing, which allow the airplane to have the short field performance the CJ series is known for. The CJ4 can takeoff from runways as short as 3,300 feet.

Like others in the CJ family, the CJ4 will use the Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and will feature four 8-by-10 inch flat screen displays. Some of the standard systems include engine indication and crew alerting system (EICAS), TAWS Class A (terrain awareness warning system), TCAS II (traffic alert and collision avoidance system), cockpit voice recorder (CVR), electronic charts, and XM graphical weather.

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First Flight Successful for Cessna’s Citation CJ4

May 05, 2008

Wichita, Kan. – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, completed first flight of its Citation CJ4 business jet prototype today.

"It was an outstanding first flight," said Cessna Senior Engineering Test Pilot Dan Morris, who flew the aircraft with Engineering Flight Test Manager Dave Bonifield as co-pilot. "We tested quite a number of the systems on the aircraft, including the autopilot, and all performed very well. The FADECs operated just as we expected, and along with the four displays of the Pro Line 21, this is a very pilot-friendly aircraft. Operators will transition easily into the CJ4."

The 2-hour, 22-minute flight departed McConnell Air Force Base just after 11:30 a.m. and consisted of flight maneuvers evaluating stability and control along with initial systems evaluations. While the pilots took the prototype on a sustained climb to 16,000 feet, engineers monitored the aircraft’s instrumentation and safety equipment via telemetry systems at Cessna’s engineering facility at Mid-Continent Airport, where the CJ4 landed.

Two additional CJ4 aircraft are taking shape at Cessna’s Pawnee Advanced Engineering facility in Wichita. All three test aircraft will log air time in the certification effort. The first production aircraft, Serial 0001, will primarily be used for avionics and systems certification, while the second production aircraft, Serial 0002, will fly function and reliability along with company service tests. First flight for both production CJ4s will take place later this year.

"Our program team and supplier partners are proud of this aircraft, and our receipt of more than 150 orders for the CJ4 further motivates us to meet our aggressive goals," said CJ4 Program Manager Norm Baker. "We are on track for type certification in the second half of 2009, followed by customer deliveries beginning in the first half of 2010."

The Citation CJ4 is an upward extension of the single-pilot-certified CJ family – delivering the strongest performance and payload balance in the series along with advanced amenities and system architecture.

Configurable for seven to eight passengers in the main cabin, the aircraft is expected to have a maximum speed of 435 knots, a full fuel payload of 1,000 pounds and maximum payload of 2,100 pounds, 300 additional pounds compared to the typical CJ3.

The newly engineered wing of the Citation CJ4 is moderately swept. Some features of the wing are similar to the Citation Sovereign, including the three upper speed brake panels on each wing, which allow the airplane to have the short field performance for which the CJ series is known. The CJ4 can takeoff from runways as short as 3,300 feet and land on runways as short as 2,665 feet.

The new Williams International FJ44-4A electronically controlled (FADEC) engine will debut on the Citation CJ4. The twin engines each provide 3,400 pounds of thrust, compared to 2,820 pounds of the CJ3’s FJ44-3A. The aircraft will be certified for operations up to 45,000 feet. The electric rudder, pitch and aileron trim are new features, as is single-point refueling for the aircraft.

The CJ4 will incorporate the Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite with four 8-by-10 inch flat screen displays, as well as the purpose-built Rockwell Collins next generation cabin management system, Venue. Venue features a digital, high-definition media center that integrates a wide variety of entertainment and mapping capabilities into a light weight, cost-effective and maintenance friendly system. The software architecture is database driven, enabling quick changes through the use of a new configuration tool and redundant processing to keep the system performing.

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Williams International Receives FAA Certification of its new FJ44-4 Turbofan at higher thrust and lighter weight than originally planned

February 02, 2010

Williams International announced today that it was awarded the FAA part 33 type certificate for its new FJ44-4 engine. Favorable results during engine development allowed Williams to raise the take-off thrust rating of the engine from 3400 to 3600 pounds (at sea level, ISA+11°C conditions) for the Cessna Citation CJ4. This higher level of performance, which applies throughout the flight envelope, contributed to the dramatic improvements in the Citation CJ4 recently announced by Cessna.

“I want to thank the FAA for their strong support in achieving this milestone,” said Gregg Williams, Chairman, President & CEO of Williams International. “I am also very proud of our team for certifying this new engine at higher thrust and lower weight than originally promised. This higher performance helps position Cessna’s new CJ4 to stimulate the recovering demand for light jets.”

The FJ44-4 engine is the latest and highest thrust version of the popular and successful Williams FJ44 product line. It incorporates several new technologies proven by extensive testing that enable higher thrust-to-weight and better fuel efficiency than competing engines. While Williams engines are already recognized for their ruggedness and reliability, the FJ44-4 engine incorporates durability improvements gleaned from over 5 million hours of operation of the nearly 4000 FJ44 engines in service. As a result, the FJ44-4 will not have to come off the airplane for any scheduled maintenance until it reaches its 5000-hour TBO.

FJ44-4 customers will also enjoy the benefits of the engine's health monitoring FADEC control. And due to Williams’ unique low-emissions combustor technology, Williams International is the only company to offer an entire product line that has not been subject to emissions surcharges (based on the Zurich model).

Williams International's world class product support network continues to rank first in annual surveys of owners and operators, due in part to Williams’ Total Assurance Program (TAP) that provides more value at lower cost than any competing engine maintenance program. FJ44-4 TAP coverage is now available as part of the Cessna Williams TAP Advantage aircraft maintenance program.

Williams International is the world leader in small turbine engines and customer support, with headquarters in Walled Lake, Michigan, and a production facility in Ogden, Utah. For more information about the company, its products, and support, please visit www.williams-int.com.

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Nextant Aerospace Announces Williams FJ44-3AP Order

April 23, 2008

Initial Engine Order for Serialized Production of the 400NXT


Nextant Aerospace announced today that it has placed an initial production order of 40 Williams International FJ44-3AP engines for the Nextant 400NXT program.


RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nextant Aerospace announced today that it has placed an initial production order of 40 Williams International FJ44-3AP engines for the Nextant 400NXT program. This initial order is placed against a planned production requirement exceeding 600 engines, and allows Nextant to begin serialized production of the 400NXT.

This order follows an order placed in October 2007 for two flight test FJ44-3AP engines to support the 400NXT flight test and certification program.

"The 400NXT matches a great airplane with a great engine," said Gregg Williams, President and CEO of Williams International.

"Following the success of the previous FJ44 programs, we are confident the FJ44-3AP is the ideal partner to the 400NXT’s aerodynamic and avionics enhancements," said Kenn Ricci, CEO of Nextant Aerospace.

The Nextant 400NXT is designed to overcome significant limitations to the popular Hawker Beechjet 400XP/400A. By replacing the existing outdated Pratt & Whitney JT15D engines with the new, modern Williams International FJ44-3AP computer-controlled engines, and incorporating new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suites, the range of the 400NXT will be increased from 1180 nautical miles to over 2000 (4 passenger, NBAA IFR range). Also, operating costs will be reduced by 27% based on fuel savings alone.

The 400NXT will be offered as a remanufactured serialized production aircraft as well as a modification retrofit program. Fully modified, the 400NXT will sell for under $5.0 million and will be available with various cabin configurations and entertainment options.

For additional information, please visit www.nextantaerospace.com.

About Nextant Aerospace

Nextant Aerospace was formed for the primary purpose of developing an aircraft modernization program, and operates two full-service corporate aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities located across the United States. The service center network (formerly Constant Aviation) has locations at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Birmingham Alabama International Airport (BHM). For more information, please visit www.nextantaerospace.com.

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Lean Manufacturing Training Center

November 12, 2006

Jet engine manufacturer Williams International has teamed with Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College to establish a center at Business Depot Ogden that will train students in lean manufacturing techniques and advanced machining starting next year.


Williams is contributing $25 million worth of equipment to the facility, which is being hailed as the first of its kind in the United States. The company has spent weeks hauling 25 state-of-the-art milling machines from a closed auto parts plant in Michigan into the 53,000-square-foot building, one of the newer structures at the industrial park.


"For a private employer to make an investment like this in all of Northern Utah, and be willing to open their facilities and processes, that is something unique," said Collette Mercier, vice president for instructional services at OWATC. "Everyone involved is partnering for the benefit of the whole community."


Williams is providing the equipment, as well as all related transportation and setup work. In all, the company's contribution to the center is about $30 million.


Several of the company's suppliers have also committed to donate equipment after realizing the potential of the center to become a world-class facility, said Lloyd McCaffrey, director of manufacturing technology for Williams.


"This will provide all of the tools students will be using in the industry," McCaffrey said. "We will use this center as an example to show others how lean manufacturing works, to help people understand the concept."


Lean manufacturing refers to the implementation of procedures that maximize workplace efficiency and productivity. It is based on the concept of "continuous improvement," where employees at all levels are encouraged to come up with ideas to make company operations more "lean."


In return, Williams gains additional manufacturing capacity in a building leased by the college. The facility will have three production lines -- one each for aluminum, alloy and titanium products.


It will produce rough parts for the company's signature jet engines, used in both commercial and military applications. The parts will go to Williams' primary manufacturing facility at Ogden-Hinckley Airport for finishing.


"We get more capacity, and the students get a higher level of education," McCaffrey said. "It's a win-win situation." 


The advanced skills students learn at the center will help them start with higher wages at the entry level, he said.


Crews are now setting up the advanced four-axis milling machines, which weigh about 30 tons each. The center is scheduled to begin operating in early spring next year.


Jeff DeMoss,
Standard-Examiner staff

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Another Williams Turbofan Added to the Product Line

October 04, 2011

Williams announces a new and improved version of its FJ44 engine that will power Cessna’s new Citation M2 light jet. The new FJ44-1AP-21 produces 10-15% more altitude thrust (depending on conditions) and consumes less fuel at long range cruise than the previous version, enabling the M2 to climb quickly and cruise fast and far. The engine also provides significantly higher thrust at hot and high takeoff conditions and an increase in the time between overhaul (TBO) from 3500 to 4000 hours.

The new FJ44-1AP-21 joins a comprehensive product line of FJ33 and FJ44 engines that covers the thrust spectrum from 1000 to 4000 pounds thrust. All feature rugged and highly efficient component technology, health-monitoring FADEC controls, and ultra low-emissions combustor technology. All of these engines are on display at Williams International’s NBAA display (booth C8116).

While Williams engines are already recognized for their ruggedness and reliability, the FJ44-1AP-21 engine incorporates durability improvements gleaned from 7 million hours of operation of the 4000 FJ44 engines in service. Williams International's world class product support network continues to rank first in annual surveys of owners and operators, due in large part to  the Total Assurance Program (TAP) that provides more value at lower cost than any competing engine maintenance program. The Cessna-Williams TAP Advantage engine maintenance program is available for the new M2.

Headquartered in Walled Lake, Michigan, Williams International is the world leader in the design, manufacturing and support of small gas turbine engines. In addition to its world class reputation for customer support, Williams is also well known for establishing the most highly integrated and automated manufacturing facilities in the world to support high quality, high volume production and on schedule delivery of its rapidly growing family of commercial and military products. Ingot and other raw materials enter one end of these facilities and finished engines exit the other. For more information about the company, its products, and support, please visit www.williams-int.com.

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Sierra chooses Williams FJ44-3 to modernize Citation II

October 16, 2006

The Williams FJ44-3 engine has been selected by Sierra Industries to improve the performance and reduce the operating cost of the Citation II

Orlando, FL 16 October 2006 – Williams International has been selected as the engine supplier for Sierra Industries’ supplemental type certification of the Citation II. Sierra was recently awarded an STC for its Stallion – the Citation I re-engined with Williams FJ44-2 engines – and now Sierra has launched a program to re-engine the Citation II with Williams FJ44-3 engine.

“We saw such great results on the Stallion,” said Mark Hufstutler, president of Sierra Industries, “that we’re very excited about the re-engined Citation II. Performance will go way up, operating cost and noise will go way down, and the FADEC controls will make the airplane easier to fly.”

The FJ44-3 engine currently powers the Cessna CJ3 and Grob SPn, and the Citation II will be one of its first retrofit applications. “We felt sure that once a 3000-pound thrust FJ44 was certified and in production, the retrofit market would embrace it,” said Matt Huff, vice president of Business Development for Williams, “and that’s what we’re seeing. Cessna built more than 800 Citation IIs in the 1980s, and these excellent airframes are ideal candidates for modern, efficient, quiet turbofans to extend their operating lives.”

FJ44 engines are renowned for their high performance and rugged reliability. They boast many advanced features pioneered by Williams and now being adopted by others in the small turbine industry such as blisks (integral blades and disks), effusion-cooled combustors, low parts count, and full authority digital engine controls (FADEC). They are also modular in design, allowing quick assembly, disassembly, and maintenance. Williams’ highly acclaimed Total Assurance Program will be offered for the FJ44-3 engines installed in the Citation II.

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Williams International's three new engines on track to certify in 2008

September 24, 2007

Williams International’s three new engines – the FJ44-4A, FJ44-3AP, and FJ33-5 – are all on track to certify in 2008. All three engines benefit from state-of-the-art aerodynamics, next generation engine operating software, durability enhancements, and weight reductions that make each engine the thrust-to-weight and fuel economy leader in its size. Sizes range from 1900 to 3600 pounds of takeoff thrust.

“These engines not only provide the best performance in class,” according to Gregg Williams, President and CEO of Williams International, “they also give the customer the lowest cost of operation and best overall value. The improvements we’ve made also allow us to extend the time between overhauls.”
 
The FJ44-4A is being developed initially for the Cessna CJ4, and will be de-rated to 3400 pounds thrust in that application. The FJ44-4A engine’s superior thrust and fuel economy at cruise altitudes – where performance matters most – set it apart from any engine in its class.
 
One FJ44-4A engine continues flying on Cessna's test bed airplane, where it has met its performance and operability objectives. A second engine has accumulated 3000 equivalent flight cycles in accelerated testing, and a third engine recently passed induction system icing certification tests. The FJ44-4A has achieved its thrust-to-weight and fuel economy goals, and has done so at low temperatures allowing TBO to be extended to 5000 hours.
 
A “Plus” version of the successful FJ44-3A engine, the FJ44-3AP is being certified at 3000 pounds of thrust. The complete engine began testing last month at our Walled Lake, Michigan test facilities. The engine’s lower operating temperatures, lower fuel consumption, and extended TBO (4000 hours) have led to its selection on several airplanes, including the new Piper Jet.
 
The FJ33-5 is an uprated version of the certified FJ33-4 engine. The FJ33-5 will be certified next year for use in the-jet by Cirrus and in the ATG Javelin. Thrust has been increased more than 15%, raising the thrust-to-weight ratio above 6-to-1, the best among small turbofans. The FJ33-5 engine also boasts a major improvement in fuel economy and a 4000-hour TBO. This engine began testing in August 2007.

Williams FJ44 and FJ33 engines are renowned for their high performance and rugged reliability. They boast many advanced features pioneered by Williams and now being adopted by others in the turbine industry such as blisks (integral blades and disks), effusion-cooled combustors, a very low part count, and full authority digital engine controls (FADEC). They are also modular in design, allowing quick assembly and disassembly. “The modular design of our engines also allows us to offer on-wing hot sections for the convenience of our customers,” according to Frank Smith, Vice President of Customer Support for Williams. “We can turn your airplane around in as little as two shifts.”

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Williams to Power New Pilatus PC-24, as Two Other Williams Turbofans Receive FAA Certification and Begin Production

May 21, 2013

Certification and Begin Production Geneva, Switzerland, EBACE, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Williams International is pleased to confirm that the newly announced Pilatus PC-24 is powered by twin FJ44-4A turbofan engines. These engines are rated for normal takeoff thrust of 3435 lbf at ISA+8 deg C, and more than 5% added thrust is available if needed through a new Automatic Thrust Reserve feature.

These engines also boast several other new features that help to make the PC-24 quieter and more efficient. As part of an integrated propulsion module, Williams is supplying an anti-iced and noise suppressing inlet, an integral pre-cooler to condition engine bleed air and reduce drag losses, and its patented EXACT™ passive thrust vectoring exhaust nozzle technology. The PC-24 will also be the first FJ44 application to take advantage of Williams’ Quiet Power Mode™, a new proprietary feature allowing the FJ44 to provide quiet, efficient ground power, eliminating the need for a traditional APU. The engine provides the operator a class-leading TBO of 5000 hours with an on-wing inspection of the hot section at 2500 hours.

“We are thrilled with Pilatus’s selection of Williams as the propulsion supplier for their exciting new PC-24, and proud of our proven FJ44-4 engine and its recent enhancements,” said Gregg Williams, Chairman, CEO, and President of Williams International.

Production has recently begun of two other new Williams turbofan engines – the FJ44-1AP-21 and the FJ44-4A-32 – that earned FAA certification on 17 May 2013 and 13 March 2013 respectively.

The FJ44-1AP-21 that powers Cessna’s new Citation M2 light jet produces 10-15% more altitude thrust (depending on conditions) and consumes several percent less fuel at long range cruise than the preceding FJ44-1AP, enabling the M2 to climb quickly and cruise fast and far. The engine also provides significantly higher thrust at hot and high takeoff conditions and an increase in the time between overhaul (TBO) from 3500 to 4000 hours.

The FJ44-4A-32, now entering production for the Hawker 400XPR, is a variant of the FJ44-4A engine that powers the Cessna CJ4 as well as the newly announced Pilatus PC-24. A pair of FJ44 engines rated to 3230 pounds thrust produce 470 pounds more thrust than the engines they replace, enabling the 400XP to climb to 37,000 feet 8 minutes faster than the 400XP. And the FJ44’s far superior fuel economy, together with winglets, extend the range 43% from 1,360 to 1,950 nm.

The new FJ44-1AP-21 and FJ44-4A-32 join a comprehensive product line of FJ33 and FJ44 engines that cover the thrust spectrum from 1000 to 4000 pounds thrust. All feature rugged and highly efficient component technology, health-monitoring FADEC controls, and low-emissions combustor technology.

While Williams engines are already recognized for their ruggedness and reliability, the FJ44-4A, FJ44-1AP-21 and FJ44-4A-32 engines incorporate durability improvements gleaned from 8 million hours of operation of the 4400 FJ44 engines in service. Williams International's world class product support network continues to rank first with owners and operators, due in large part to the Total Assurance Program (TAP) that provides more value at lower cost than any competing engine maintenance program.

Headquartered in Walled Lake, Michigan, Williams International is the world leader in the design, manufacturing and support of small gas turbine engines. In addition to its world class reputation for customer support, Williams is also well known for establishing the most highly integrated and automated manufacturing facilities in the world to support high quality, high volume production and on schedule delivery of its rapidly growing family of commercial and military products. Ingot and other raw materials enter one end of these facilities and finished engines exit the other. For more information about the company, its products, and support, please visit www.williams-int.com.

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Williams International Introduces the Highest Level of Maintenance Coverage Ever TAP Blue

October 21, 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada, NBAA BACE, Monday, 21 October 2013. Williams International is pleased to announce that it has bundled many new features together with an unprecedented level of coverage into a new engine maintenance program called TAP Blue.

Under TAP Blue, Williams International is dramatically expanding the coverage of its Total Assurance Program (TAP) to now include virtually every natural and unnatural event that might occur over the life of its family of FJ33 and FJ44 engines.

“Our engine operators tell us what they wish for in a maintenance program,” says Steve Shettler, Williams’ VP of Product Support, “and TAP Blue delivers. Besides the extraordinary coverage, TAP Blue features other enhancements such as express overhauls and free online maintenance manuals, just to name a couple.

In the past, the cost to repair engine damage caused by hail or birds or lightning or man-made objects accidentally ingested has been borne by the owner or the owner’s insurance company; now these costs are covered under the TAP Blue engine maintenance program. And while the cost to incorporate mandatory service bulletins has always been covered by TAP, now even optional bulletins are covered under TAP Blue.

According to Gregg Williams, Chairman, CEO, and President of Williams International, “TAP Blue is a logical extension of what we already do better than anyone else in our business, which is take good care of our customers. Judging by customer feedback and surveys, and our high enrollment rates, it is clear our customers really like our TAP program, so I challenged our Product Support team to make TAP even better. And now we have!

Incentives are offered until the end of this year to encourage existing customers to upgrade to TAP Blue, and to encourage new customers to enroll directly into TAP Blue. To enroll or to learn more about TAP Blue, please contact Williams’ Product Support Team at

web site           www.williams-int.com
email                WIproductsupport@williams-int.com

phone              1-800-859-3544 (continental US)
                       1-248-960-2929 (other)

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Nextant Aerospace Announces Beechjet 400A Retrofit Program

April 02, 2008

Nextant Aerospace announced today the public launch of its Nextant 400NXT, a Beechjet 400A retrofitted with new modern Williams FJ44-3AP dual-channel FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) engines and incorporating new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suites.



RICHMOND HEIGHTS, OHIO — April 2nd, 2008 —

Nextant Aerospace announced today the public launch of its Nextant 400NXT.  The Nextant Aerospace 400NXT Beechjet Retrofit and Modernization program will fill a market demand of a modern, medium range (2000 nautical mile) business aircraft priced under $5.0 million dollars.

The 400NXT eliminates one of the significant deficiencies to the very popular Hawker 400XP/Beechjet 400A.  By replacing the existing out dated Pratt & Whitney JT15D engines with new modern Williams FJ44-3AP dual FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) engines and incorporating new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suites, the range of the 400NXT will be increased from 1180 nautical miles to over 2000 nautical miles (4 passenger, NBAA IFR range) and the operating costs reduced by 27%, based on fuel savings alone.

“Combining this engine modification with an upgraded state-of-the-art cockpit, will make the 400NXT a true "Category Killer", outperforming all other light jets at its price point and offering a purchase price of less than half for an aircraft with the same performance” said Kenn Ricci, CEO of Nextant Aerospace.

The 400NXT will be offered as a remanufactured serialized production aircraft as well as a modification retrofit program.

Fully modified, the 400NXT will sell for under $5.0 million and will be available with various cabin configurations and entertainment options.  Over the past 9 months, Nextant has completed the preliminary engineering phase and due diligence required in order to minimize risk and ensure the success of the program.  For additional information please visit www.nextantaerospace.com. 

About Nextant Aerospace

Nextant Aerospace was formed for the primary purpose of developing an aircraft modernization program with its research and development facility located at Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County Airport (CGF).  Nextant operates two full-service corporate aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities located across the United States.  The service center network has current locations at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Birmingham Alabama International Airport (BHM) with two additionally planned facilities to be opened within the next 12 months.  The manufacturing, completions and delivery center is scheduled to be opened in the 2nd quarter of 2009. For more information, please visit www.nextantaerospace.com

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About Rockwell Collins

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GlobalFlyer Sets Third World Record

March 17, 2006

Salina, Kansas -- Steve Fossett has piloted the FJ44-powered GlobalFlyer to a third world record.
The Williams International FJ44-ATW turbofan engine, rated at ~ 2700 lbs of thrust for takeoff, that powered the three around-the-world flights is essentially the same engine design powering more than a thousand business jet aircraft in the US and Europe. It is the world’s only engine with the unique combination of very high thrust at altitude, very light weight, and extremely low fuel consumption that made such flights possible. The Williams-powered GlobalFlyer now holds three of aviation’s seven absolute records: Speed around the world non-stop and non-refueled (342 mph), Distance without landing (25,766 miles), and Distance over a closed circuit (25,320 miles). The design leader and program manager of the aircraft was John Karkow, one of the leading engineers at Scaled Composites.

Gregg Williams said “Williams International has proudly sponsored each of Steve’s three incredible world-record flights because the GlobalFlyer’s unique mission is an ideal showcase for Williams’ engine technology. The mission calls for 80 hours of non-stop flight at altitudes as high as 52,000 ft, so the single engine must combine very high performance and ultra high reliability.”

Steve Fossett said “I appreciate Williams’ support of my flights, but not half as much as I appreciate the flawless performance of their engine.”

Williams International is the world’s leading manufacturer of small turbofan engines. Its FJ44/FJ33 engine family powers all of the light jets on the market today, and most of the very light jets currently being certified. The first member of the Williams civil turbofan family of engines entered production in 1992, and since then Williams has continuously integrated new and improved technology components into the engine to keep its performance well ahead of all new competing engines while retaining the high reliability inherent in derivative engines. More than 2,200 FJ44/FJ33 engines have been produced, and they have accumulated more than two and a half million hours of safe, reliable operation including very low unscheduled removal rates in the fractional and air taxi markets. Williams International’s customer support has been rated number one in the industry by various independent product support surveys for the last eight years. This privately-owned company is headquartered in Commerce Township, Michigan. A second facility in Ogden, Utah, is the most modern and efficient gas turbine design-to-production facility in the world. Williams International celebrated its 50th anniversary and delivery of its 21,000th engine of all types last year.

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Williams FJ44 chosen to modernize Citation II

October 16, 2006

Clifford Development has selected Williams FJ44-3 engines to improve the performance and reduce the operating cost of the Citation II

 Orlando, FL 16 October 2006 – Williams International has been selected to supply its FJ44-3 engine for Clifford Development’s supplemental type certification of the Citation II. This selection confirms the substantial retrofit opportunity made possible for the performance of the Williams FJ44-3.

 “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to add the remarkable Williams FJ44-3 engine to the versatile Citation II. This combines the best-in-class engine technology with a proven airframe yielding significant gains in performance, reliability and safety margins,” said Jim Clifford, chief executive officer of Clifford Development. “The FJ44-powered Citation II will fly 21% faster and 29% farther, climb 34% faster, and use 20% less fuel than the original airplane. For a Citation II operator whose airplane is near engine overhauls, the improvements in fuel efficiency and speed combined with reduced engine maintenance costs will allow for the recovery of this investment in two years of typical operation.”

 The FJ44-3 engine currently powers the Cessna CJ3 and Grob SPn, and the Citation II will be one of its first retrofit applications. “We felt sure that once a 3000-pound thrust FJ44 was certified and in production, the retrofit market would embrace it,” said Matt Huff, vice president of Business Development for Williams, “and that’s what we’re seeing. Cessna built more than 800 Citation IIs in the 1980s, and these excellent airframes are ideal candidates for modern, efficient, quiet turbofans to extend their operating lives.”

 FJ44 engines are renowned for their high performance and rugged reliability. They boast many advanced features pioneered by Williams and now being adopted by others in the small turbine industry such as blisks (integral blades and disks), effusion-cooled combustors, low parts count, and full authority digital engine controls (FADEC). They are also modular in design, allowing quick assembly, disassembly, and maintenance. Williams’ highly acclaimed Total Assurance Program will be offered for the FJ44-3 engines installed in the Citation II.

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Williams Named “Cool Place to Work”

September 03, 2007

Williams International was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business magazine as one of their 2007 “Cool Places to Work.” The contest was sponsored by Crain’s and the American Society of Employers.

This award selection was based on the passion our team members have for the aerospace industry. We attract team members who share this passion, enjoy the broad and innovative nature of their assignments, and thrive in an environment where they have broad responsibilities early in their career.

Crain’s
recognized that team members are able to see the fruits of their designs by working in integrated teams during the manufacturing and testing of products they design, which is rare at other companies. State-of-the-art design tools and equipment are used throughout our operations.

The company’s open-door policy for anyone who wishes to talk to any company leader was also a factor in the selection as a “Cool Place to Work.” This creates an open environment allowing all team members to take part in improving the company. As President and CEO Gregg Williams continuously states, “team members must not only be change-friendly, but also change-hungry.” Team members are encouraged to exhibit free-flowing creativity and intellectual stimulation. Independent thinking is not only encouraged, but expected by top management.

Other factors that contributed to the selection included:

  • Work Life Initiatives – our comprehensive health and retirement benefits, optional long-term care insurance, flexible work schedules, educational assistance and paid time off.
  • Performance Management – internal and external career development opportunities, new hire orientation, a formal performance review process, frequent promotion opportunities, lower than average turnover.
  • Total Rewards including things like employee recognition, cool celebrations, our pay programs, and a Results Based Incentive system.
  • Corporate Citizenship and Leadership including charitable contributions, support of community based programs, promoting volunteerism and demanding high integrity behavior.
  • Work Environment -- having an aggressive workplace safety program in place and maintaining an environmentally friendly workplace.

All of this (and more) makes Williams International a Cool Place to Work, where each team member can be proud of the many great products and services our team members make and deliver.

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Williams Helps Haiti

February 04, 2010

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Williams FJ44-3AP Chosen to power new Piper Sport Utility Jet

November 09, 2006

Piper’s first entry into the jet market to be powered by the proven Williams FJ44 engine

Williams International has been selected as the engine supplier for Piper’s new sport utility jet that was recently revealed to the public. The FJ44-3AP is a very close derivative of the FJ44-3A engine that powers the Cessna CJ3 and Grob SPn, incorporating minor aerodynamic improvements to further boost fuel economy.


“The PiperJet is a revolutionary new aircraft combining performance, style, utility, capability and pricing,” said James K. Bass, President & CEO of Piper Aircraft. “In choosing the powerplant for the PiperJet, we were looking for that perfect blend of performance, safety and reliability, and the Williams FJ44-3AP will not only meet expectations, it will surpass them.” 


John Becker, Piper’s Vice President of Engineering, underscored that Piper wanted an engine with sufficient capability to provide stellar performance now and sufficient power for future applications.


“We looked hard at Williams’ lineup of proven FJ44 models,” he said. “Piper chose a 3000-pound thrust FJ44-3 model, de-rated for the PiperJet, because this engine gives us superb performance margins for the approximately 2,400 pounds of take-off thrust we have targeted for the PiperJet as well as a built-in growth path for the family of jets we envision.”


“We are very proud to be part of Piper’s team as they enter the jet market,” said Gregg Williams, president and CEO of Williams International. “Williams has been powering and promoting light jets for two decades, and I’m glad to say we’re now powering one for Piper. Every lesson we’ve learned in 2.5 million FJ44 flight hours has been applied to this engine, so Piper is assured of the performance and reliability we promise.”


“The FJ44-3AP is our most efficient engine yet,” said Matt Huff, vice president of Business Development for Williams, “and thanks to all our prior field experience, as well as reduced operating temperatures, it has a TBO of 4,000 hours.”


FJ44 engines are renowned for their high performance and rugged reliability. They boast many advanced features pioneered by Williams and now being adopted by others in the turbine industry such as blisks (integral blades and disks), effusion-cooled combustors, low parts count, and full authority digital engine controls (FADEC). They are also modular in design, allowing quick assembly, disassembly, and maintenance.


Williams International is the world leader in small turbine engines and customer support, with headquarters in Commerce Township, Michigan, and a design-to-production facility in Ogden, Utah. For more information about the company, its products, and support, please visit www.williams-int.com.

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Williams International Receives FAA Certification of its new FJ44-3AP Turbofan

May 13, 2011

Williams International announced today that it was awarded the FAA Part 33 type certificate for its new FJ44-3AP engine, an improved version of its popular FJ44-3A model. State-of-the-art aerodynamics and structural enhancements have led to this new benchmark in thrust-to-weight ratio and fuel economy. Thrust was increased 8% to more than 3000 pounds, while weight was reduced 3%. The market-leading performance of the FJ44-3AP engine has already won it three new applications — the Nextant 400XT, the Hawker 200, and the PiperJet Altaire.

“I want to thank the FAA for their strong support in achieving this milestone,” said Gregg Williams, Chairman, President & CEO of Williams International. “I am also very proud of our team for developing significant improvements to what was already a very good engine. The outstanding performance of the FJ44-3AP engine will lead to many new and improved airplanes.”

“The FJ44-3AP is also the first to receive FAA certification of a new proprietary feature we developed,” Williams added, “that converts into thrust the energy typically wasted pre-cooling engine bleed air for use in aircraft anti-icing systems. This feature, which enables much better performance in icing conditions, will be offered on Williams’ other commercial engines.”

The FJ44-3AP joins a comprehensive product line of FJ33 and FJ44 engines that covers the thrust spectrum from 1000 to 3600 pounds thrust. All have rugged and efficient wide-sweep fans, health-monitoring FADEC controls, and low-emissions combustor technology.

While Williams engines are already recognized for their ruggedness and reliability, the FJ44-3AP engine incorporates durability improvements gleaned from over 6 million hours of operation of the 4000 FJ44 engines in service. Williams International's world class product support network continues to rank first in annual surveys of owners and operators, due in part to Williams’ Total Assurance Program (TAP) that provides more value at lower cost than any competing engine maintenance program.

Williams International is the world leader in small turbine engines and customer support, with headquarters in Walled Lake, Michigan, and a production facility in Ogden, Utah. For more information about the company, its products, and support, please visit www.williams-int.com.

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Williams International FJ44-4 chosen to power new Cessna CJ4

October 16, 2006

Orlando, FL 16 October 2006 – Williams International has been selected as the engine supplier for the new Cessna CJ4 introduced at NBAA today. Williams is in the process of developing and certificating its FJ44-4 engine for the CJ4. The 3600-pound-thrust FJ44-4 is rated at 3400 pounds for the CJ4.

 “The Williams-powered CJs have been a great market success,” said Jack Pelton, Cessna’s Chairman, President and CEO, “so Williams was an obvious choice to power the CJ4. The reliable performance of Williams’ engines, as well as their responsive and top-rated customer support have helped Cessna sell nearly a thousand CJs and create a very satisfied base of CJ owners and operators.” Cessna’s CJ1+ is powered by Williams’ FJ44-1AP, CJ2+ is powered by the FJ44-3A-24, and CJ3 is powered by the FJ44-3A.

 The FJ44-4 has the best thrust-to-weight ratio in its thrust class, and it incorporates several proprietary aerodynamic improvements that yield a significant reduction in specific fuel consumption. Although slightly larger than an FJ44-3, it is still a close derivative and makes use of the same FADEC. “Every lesson we’ve learned in 2.5 million FJ44 flight hours has been applied to this latest model,” said Gregg Williams, President and CEO of Williams International. “It is our most efficient engine yet, and thanks to all our prior field experience, as well as reduced operating temperatures, it will enter service with a very attractive Total Assurance Program price and a 5000-hour TBO.” 

 Williams FJ44 and FJ33 engines are renowned for their high performance and rugged reliability. They boast many advanced features pioneered by Williams and now being adopted by others in the turbine industry such as blisks (integral blades and disks), effusion-cooled combustors, low parts count, and full authority digital engine controls (FADEC). They are also modular in design, allowing quick assembly and disassembly. “The modular design of our engines also allows us to offer on-wing hot sections for the convenience of our customers,” according to Frank Smith, Vice President of Customer Support for Williams. “We can turn your airplane around in as little as two shifts in North America, and we plan to expand that capability around the world.”

 “We forecast a very good market for our FJ44-4,” according to Matt Huff, Vice President of Business Development for Williams, “ because there is a big fleet of aging jets that need to be replaced by modern aircraft powered by efficient, quiet, and more reliable engines in the FJ44-4 thrust class.”

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Williams International Receives EASA Certification of its FJ44-3AP Turbofan

May 08, 2012

Williams International announced today that it was awarded the EASA type certificate for its FJ44-3AP engine, an improved version of its popular FJ44-3A model.State-of-the-art aerodynamics and structural enhancements led to this new benchmark in thrust-to-weight ratio and fuel economy. Take-off thrust was increased 8% to 3052 pounds, cruise thrust was increased 13%, while weight was reduced 3% and cruise specific fuel consumption improved by 1.5%. The FJ44-3AP was certified by the FAA in May 2011. The first airplane to take advantage of the market-leading performance of the FJ44-3AP engine is the Nextant 400XT.

“I want to thank EASA for their strong support in achieving this milestone,” said Gregg Williams, Chairman, President & CEO of Williams International. “I am also very proud of our team for developing significant improvements to what was already a very good engine. The outstanding performance of the FJ44-3AP engine will lead to many new and improved airplanes.”

“The FJ44-3AP is also the first to receive EASA certification of a new proprietary feature we developed,” Williams added, “that converts into thrust the energy typically wasted pre-cooling engine bleed air for use in aircraft anti-icing systems. This feature, which enables much better performance in icing conditions, will be offered on Williams’ other commercial engines.”

The FJ44-3AP joined a comprehensive product line of FJ33 and FJ44 engines that covers the thrust spectrum from 1000 to 3600 pounds thrust. Two other new models are well along in development – the FJ44-1AP-21 will be certified later this year for use in the Cessna M2, and the FJ33-5 will be certified next year in support of the Cirrus and Diamond jets. All have rugged and efficient wide-sweep fans, health-monitoring FADEC controls, and low-emissions combustor technology.

While Williams engines are already recognized for their ruggedness and reliability, the FJ44-3AP engine incorporates durability improvements gleaned from over 7 million hours of operation of the 4300 FJ44 engines in service. Williams International's world class product support network continues to rank first in annual surveys of owners and operators, due in part to Williams’ Total Assurance Program (TAP) that provides more value at lower cost than any competing engine maintenance program.

Williams International is the world leader in small turbine engines and customer support, with headquarters in Walled Lake, Michigan, and a production facility in Ogden, Utah. For more information about the company, its products, and support, please visit www.williams-int.com.

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Miosha Recognizes Williams International for Improvements in Worker Safety

August 27, 2007

Contact: Phil La Duke, Director of Performance Improvement
Phone: 248-816-4442

Date: 8/27/2007

The Commerce Township aerospace products manufacturer receives recognition for its worker safety and health management system.

Commerce Township, MI, August 27, 2007. Williams International has worked hard to make its workplace safer and that hard work and determination is paying off. The Commerce Township, MI aerospace products manufacturer recently received a certificate of recognition from MIOSHA acknowledging Williams’ “proactive efforts to improve workplace safety.”

“While we’ve always had a very serious commitment to worker safety, we’ve really redoubled our efforts to make our facilities as safe as possible,” says Williams International CEO, Gregg Williams. “For the past year and a half, we’ve been working with O/E to implement SafetyIMPACT!; and, this unexpected recognition is really an acknowledgement of all the hard work by a lot of very dedicated individuals."

On April 18, 2007 Williams International and O/E co-presented at the Michigan Safety Conference in Grand Rapids. The group (Williams’ Vice Presidents, Cal Schalk and Dave Carr; Williams Safety Manager, Ron Gebhardt; and O/E Director of Performance Improvement, Phil La Duke) talked about their success in implementing SafetyIMPACT! at Williams International SafetyIMPACT! is a culture-based safety improvement system developed by O/E.

“SafetyIMPACT! really is the forefront of worker safety management systems,” said Rick Vlasic, O/E CEO. “We’re delighted that MIOSHA recognizes this, but we’re especially pleased that they recognized Williams for this accomplishment.”

According to a letter from program director, Douglas Kalinowski, this recognition is part of a MIOSHA program aimed at determining whether or not health and safety measures put in place are maintained.

Williams International
Williams International is the world leader in the development, manufacture and support of small gas turbine engines. The privately owned company is headquartered in Commerce Township, Michigan.

A second facility, located in Ogden, Utah, is the most modern and efficient gas turbine
design-to-production facility in the world. Williams continues to expand its development, test, production, product support and customer service capabilities at both facilities. The result has been a steady well-planned growth since 1955 into a large, versatile organization.

O/E Learning, Inc.
Established in 1984, O/E Learning designs and develops new training and performance improvement programs, as well as converts existing programs to different forms of delivery including Web-based, instructor-led, virtual classroom, CD/DVD, and mobile devices. O/E’s diverse services range from organizational development initiatives to professional certifications in safety, quality, and employee involvement. The privately held company is headquartered in Troy, MI. Leverage Life, a wholly owned subsidiary, is headquartered in Pleasanton, CA and focuses on providing corporate Concierge and Work/Life programs. Learn more about O/E Learning at: www.oe.com

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Cessna To Unveil Williams-Powered Citation CJ4 at NBAA

August 29, 2006

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Williams FJ33 Chosen to Power

October 17, 2006

Cirrus’ debut into the personal jet market to be powered by the Williams FJ33-5 engine

 Orlando, FL (17 October 2006) – The selection of Williams International and its FJ33-5 engine for “the-jet by CIRRUS” was revealed at NBAA today. The reliability and performance of Williams’ engines were key factors in the selection, as was Williams’ extensive experience integrating its engines into more than a dozen light jets.

 The FJ33 is a direct scale of the FJ44, so Cirrus enjoys the benefits of developing and certifying their new jet around a proven basic engine design. FJ44 engines are renowned for their high performance and rugged reliability, which have been demonstrated in more than 2.5 million flight hours.

 “Safety is important to us at Cirrus, along with providing our owners with high customer value,” said Alan Klapmeier, CEO and Chairman of Cirrus.  “The reliability record of Williams’ turbofan family was one of the critical factors in partnering with Williams International.  We also considered thrust-to-weight, the engine’s fuel economy, and the availability of excellent customer service for our owners as part of our decision making.” 

 “Being chosen to power the-jet by CIRRUS is confirmation of the large increase in customer value that this newest version of our FJ33 offers to the marketplace,” said Gregg Williams, president and CEO of Williams International. “The new FJ33-5 produces about 1900 lbs of takeoff thrust, still weighs less than 300 lbs, is extremely efficient, and will have the lowest noise and exhaust emissions levels in the industry.”

 “Thrust-to-weight and fuel economy are two sides of the efficiency coin,” according to Matt Huff, vice president of Business Development for Williams. “The FJ33 excels at both. Cirrus takes advantage of this unique combination to yield aircraft characteristics that we believe will have a major impact on the personal aviation marketplace.”

 Advanced features pioneered by Williams and now being adopted by others in the turbine industry include: blisks (integral blades and disks), effusion-cooled combustors, low parts count, and full authority digital engine controls (FADEC). Williams’ engines also are modular in design, allowing quick assembly, disassembly, and maintenance.

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Williams Introduces On-Wing Hot Section Inspections

October 16, 2006

On-wing maintenance reduces operator downtime, increases customer satisfaction

 Orlando, FL – 16 October 2006 - Earlier this year, Williams International began performing hot section inspections (check 3) on installed FJ44-1A engines.  This approach reduced downtime for FJ44-1A Operators, so Williams will be expanding this service in the future to other FJ44 engine models.

 “Although we continue to be voted Number One in customer support,” said Gregg Williams, president and CEO of Williams International, “we at Williams are always evaluating our processes for ways to improve customer service and increase customer satisfaction. And our Product Support people came up with several this year.”

 “We began by reducing the turnaround time for engine hot section inspections in our repair station to an average of 5 days,” said Frank Smith, vice president of Product Support for Williams. “That’s fast enough for most customers, especially if they are having major airplane service done at the same time. But sometimes customers need engines turned faster, so we began sending rapid response teams into the field to perform hot sections on wing.”

This new service is already available for FJ44-1A engines at three Cessna Service Centers: Sacramento, CA; Wichita, KS, and Orlando, FL. This service will be expanded to Europe in 2007. The modular design of the FJ44 engine enables a pair of engines to be serviced on wing in as little as two shifts, making it practical for an operator to separately schedule engine maintenance and airplane maintenance if desired. Operators who have a hot section coming due and are interested in this option may contact one of these Service Centers or Williams International Product Support to schedule.

“Although we’ve always had a 24/7 hotline where customers can get answers to their questions,” added Smith, “we’ve also introduced another way for customers to ask us questions.” Williams recently activated a new Customer Help system that is accessible through the web. This system allows operators to ask questions, search for answers to resolved questions, and track the status of their inquiries. Operators can go directly to productsupport.custhelp.com and create an account, or they can reach the site via the Questions/Inquiries link on Williams’ regular Product Support web site. Operators may also e-mail questions and comments to WI Product Support at WIproductsupport@williams-int.com.

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D-JET completes successful first flight

April 18, 2006

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Diamond D-JET to get higher-thrust Williams FJ33 engine

March 13, 2008

Diamond Aircraft has selected a newer, higher nominal thrust engine in the same Williams engine family for the D-JET – the FJ33-5.

The engine's advantages include several technological advances that result in better bleed air handling and improved specific fuel consumption. With a 1,900-lb nominal thrust versus 1,564 lbs for the originally planned FJ33-4, the ‘FJ33-5' also offers a potential future performance upgrade path for the D-JET. Williams International's accelerated development schedule of the FJ33-5 has made it viable to proactively launch D-JET deliveries with this engine rather than reactively introducing it at a later date in response to competitive pressures.

"The FJ33-5 engine is the perfect match for the D-JET, offering the latest technology and a potential performance and utility upgrade path for delivered aircraft that the current engine just doesn't allow. While making this change now rather than later means that initial deliveries will now be in Q2, 2009, we are confident this is the right choice and in the interest of all D-JET customers, as it ensures one configuration and maximum resale value for all delivered aircraft," said Peter Maurer, President of Diamond Aircraft.

Diamond will deliver the FJ33-5-equipped aircraft to current position holders at the contracted price; however, the company announced that a price increase for future orders is expected shortly.

"The FJ33-5 is the very latest in turbofan engine technology and offers unique features never before available on a smaller turbofan engine," explained Matt Huff, Vice President of Business Development at Williams International. "We are pleased that our accelerated development schedule for this engine now makes it feasible for Diamond to launch with the FJ33-5, instead of introducing it after initial aircraft deliveries. Every D-JET customer will now benefit from technological advances, such as the built-in pre-cooler and new compressor technology."

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