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SaxonAir prepares for European sales as Nextant G90XT completes first flight

SaxonAir, a European appointed representative for Nextant Aerospace, are pleased to announce very strong sales interest following the completion of the first test flight of the Nextant G90XT turboprop.

Building on the experience and success of the 400XTi twin jet Nextant’s remanufactured King Air C90A is fitted with more efficient new generation GE H75 engines and the latest in Garmin G1000 avionics. Chris Mace, Group Commercial Director, said of the G90XT “Like the 400XTi, the G90XT is rewriting the rules by taking a good, familiar and proven aircraft and making it even better. As an operator, the G90XT is an exciting prospect not only offering great flexibility but reduced operating costs, lower scheduled maintenance figures, enhanced performance and better range.” Nextant conducted a lot of research with existing King Air C90 owners and listened to the responses, offering an attractive package which is sure to have impact within the market sector. The aircraft will benefit from several significant technology enhancements including single level power control for simplified operations and reduced pilot workload.

Nextant’s Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Ops, Captain Nathan Marker, was at the controls of the G90XT for the first flight. “The increased power was very noticeable during the take-off run,” stated Captain Marker. “I was also impressed by the lower noise levels in the cockpit. The change in position of the propellers relative to the fuselage combined with the new engine makes for a much quieter and more comfortable flight experience for passengers.”

Once flight testing and certification is completed, the G90XT will be making its European debut this summer, with the aircraft being available for viewing and test flights. Caleb Whitehead, Head of Aircraft Sales for SaxonAir spoke about the route to G90XT ownership; “The G90XT can either be offered as a remanufacture package to existing C90A owners, or with support from Nextant we can source a suitable base airframe to undergo the remanufacturing process and deliver a new aircraft to a new owner. Both routes offer some degree of flexibility, with the owner having multiple choices and customised options inside and out. All G90XT’s which leave the factory benefit from a full tip-to-tail warranty, supported by a comprehensive global network of service and support centres giving owners reassurance.”

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Nextant Aerospace Completes First Successful Flight for New G90XP Turboprop

CLEVELAND, OHIO, January 15, 2015 – Nextant Aerospace (“Nextant”), a Directional Aviation Capital company, maker of the Nextant 400XTi – the worlds only remanufactured business jet – and the forthcoming Nextant G90XT turboprop, today announced the successful completion of the first test flight for the new G90XT. The company celebrated the landmark event with a rollout celebration at their headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.

“This is a very exciting day for the team at Nextant and our customer base,” said Nextant President and CEO Sean McGeough. “We announced this program just twelve months ago and we are on schedule for certification. We have great expectations for this aircraft and believe the new technology that it offers will be appealing to this market segment.”

The G90XT by Nextant Aerospace is a remanufactured King Air C90A that features the new H75 engine by GE. The aircraft will benefit from several significant technology enhancements including a fully integrated GARMIN G1000 cockpit, electronic engine control with complete exceedance protection, single lever power control technology for simplified operations and reduced pilot workload, digital pressurization, all new dual-­‐zone air-­‐conditioning for enhanced ground cooling in warm operating environments along with a significant interior upgrade for enhanced cabin comfort.

“We spent several months with existing King Air operators during our feasibility studies trying to understand what types of enhancements would significantly improve their ownership experience. We listened carefully and believe we are delivering a product that will have a large impact within this market segment,” offered Mr. McGeough. “Like our previous aircraft, the 400XTi, we’ve tried to take a good aircraft and make it a great aircraft!”

Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations, Captain Nathan Marker, was at the controls of the G90XT for the first flight. “The increased power was very noticeable during the take-­‐off run,” stated Captain Marker. “I was also impressed by the lower noise levels in the cockpit. The change in position

of the propellers relative to the fuselage combined with the new engine makes for a much quieter and more comfortable flight experience for passengers.” In addition to the G90XT program, Captain Marker led the test flight program for the 400XTi. “Like we did with the 400XTi, we will spend the next several weeks running the aircraft through a full test flight envelope.”

Nextant expects the flight test program to last approximately 6 weeks and anticipates certification for the aircraft in the second quarter of this year. Once certified, Nextant will begin delivery of production aircraft immediately.

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Centrik spurs growth for SaxonAir

Norwich-based SaxonAir is the latest aviation provider to discover how Centrik, the cloud-based management system from Total AOC, has enhanced its operations.

SaxonAir, which provides a diverse range of aviation services ranging from fixed-wing and helicopter charter flights to FBO support and aircraft sales, has deployed Centrik to successfully transition an array of diverse systems such as safety management, compliance monitoring and intranet all into one central location.

As a result of the changes, SaxonAir is improving the efficiency of its business management, consolidating the wide ranging activities of the company.

Alex Durand, CEO, SaxonAir, says: “We already had management systems in place but wanted to have something that was truly ‘best practice’ to help the business grow. We looked into Centrik after being encouraged by a major industry influencer, and since its introduction it has really helped us to manage more effectively and allow concentration on growth.”

All staff log in to Centrik at the start of each day, allowing instant sharing of information across the business, allocations of tasks and updates to management on the status of employees and operations alike.

The impact has been positive across the business. Durand says: “We use Centrik for both air charter and aircraft handling operations, and although these are very different activities, it has worked very well across the board with customer audits having also provided very positive feedback.”

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