No Slowdown for Learjet 85 Program

 - May 14, 2009, 7:05 AM

Bombardier told AIN yesterday at EBACE that development of the “clean sheet” all-composite Bombardier Learjet 85 continues on track for entry-into-service in 2013. The company is using its new production facility in the Queretaro Aerospace Park in Mexico to fabricate the composite structure for the Learjet 85, which is expected to become the first certified all-composite Part 25 business jet. Product design and manufacturing development is taking place at three sites. Bombardier Montreal is responsible for structural detail design of the Learjet 85; Learjet in Wichita is handling systems integration, flight test, final assembly, completions and customer delivery; and Queretaro is providing composite construction of the fuselage, wing and empennage, electrical harness manufacture and subassembly systems installation. The program is in the joint definition phase, said Learjet business aircraft v-p and general manager David Coleal. “We’re also in the technology readiness phase, during which we’re starting to lay out large-scale [composite] test samples.” Bombardier reports orders for almost 60 copies of the $17.2 million (2008 $) Learjet 85.