Hawker 200 pre-production plane makes first flight

Hawker Beechcraft completed an important milestone on its way to certify its Hawker 200 entry-level business jet.

The final pre-production plane completed its first flight Tuesday afternoon. It will now begin contributing to the certification flight test schedule.

The plane joins three other aircraft in the program, the first Hawker 200 and two modified Premier aircraft. They will be used for systems certification, functional and reliability testing and interiors certification, the company said.