OSHKOSH, Wis. Nextant Aerospace is continuing to piece together the second remanufactured aircraft in its product line – the G90XT – with the unveiling of the new Garmin-based cockpit during this week’s AirVenture here.

The cockpit is based on Garmin’s G1000 suite that will be "highly" customized with two large primary flight displays and a multi-function display. The centerpiece of the cockpit, says Jay Heublein, Nextant’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, will be the single-lever power control, which he says was one of the most sought-after features by prospective owners.

Nextant announced plans for the G90XT during the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention in October 2013, building on the success of its 400XT/XTi, which is now in service in eight countries and in fleets including Flight Options and TMC.

Nextant began delivery of the first 400XT in late 2011, and in less than three years has handed over 40 of the aircraft, which is based on the Beechcraft 400.

In returning to a Beechcraft platform – the King Air 90 – Nextant is eying a field of up to 1,600 airplanes for its next product line.

Nextant spent substantial time interviewing King Air owners to help shape its new remanufactured product, he says, adding that the aircraft is a "great" platform. But some common themes surfaced during the interviews, the single-lever power control being among them. Nextant is also incorporating a number of other changes, such as full electronic engine control and a new digital pressurization system and environmental control system.

Unlike the 400XT/XTi, which took nearly five years to bring to market, Nextant believes the G90XT will reach customers’ hands much sooner. With the 400XT, Nextant developed its own supplemental type certificates (STCs) to get the aircraft into service.

With the G90XT, however, Nextant unveiled the aircraft with two key suppliers: Garmin with its G1000 and GE with the H75 turboprop engines. Both suppliers already have STCs for retrofit. Nextant will integrate the STCs with a number of the other changes to the airframe.

But the ability to attract the partnerships from the beginning of the project will reduce project time by as much as 70%, Heublein says. He also believes that Nextant has built credibility with its first aircraft, enabling it to bring in the suppliers on its next project.

As a result, Nextant hopes to have the aircraft ready for market by yearend.

The company secured its first airframe a few months ago – a model already modified with the Blackhawk Modifications Pratt & Whitney (P&W) PT6A-135A engine upgrade. The company first flew the aircraft to "baseline it" for the performance.

The company has been working to integrate the new GE H75s turboprops, with plans to begin flying by late summer/early fall.

The company has not yet promised performance guarantees, Heublein says, adding Nextant wants to flight test and assure its final specifications before promising them to the market. For that reason, it has not yet set a final price either.

But even without a final price or performance guarantees, interest continues to grow. "In the last 45 days, we have been seeing a lot more interest. It is really starting to pick up steam," he says, adding that the company has already receiving a handful of deposits for early slots. These have come without actively marketing the new aircraft, he notes.

As with the supplier base, the concept of the remanufacturered aircraft is becoming more known in the marketplace, stirring early interest in Nextant’s latest project. "It’s been a lot of fun this time around," Heublein says.

Nextant has been pushing to raise the visibility of remanufacturing, becoming a founding member of a new Remanufacturing Industries Council that is designed to represent a number of industries. Nextant is hoping to gain wide acceptance of the concept as it looks to the future.

While efforts are focused on the G90XT, Heublein notes there are other projects on the horizon. "We’re always looking at what’s next. We can’t be complacent," he says.