“"Many years ago, our company founder, Al Conklin, sold a new twin-engine business aircraft to a very successful entrepreneur. He had established a bit of a rapport with the individual and, after the sale, asked him straight out, 'How can you justify the cost of this airplane?' His reply? 'What is the cost of a divorce?'"–David Wyndham, president, Conklin & de Decker”
Hawker 4000 Earns Its Wings
Raytheon's Hawker 4000 has won FAA certification. It took a little more than 10 years, but in a booming market, the company now has orders for 74 of the aircraft, including 50 from fractional operator NetJets. Of the 24 others, three quarters are going to buyers outside the U.S. The $20 million twinjet has a range of 2,777 nm with a typical payload of six passengers and baggage.