Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport has successfully completed its first retrofit of a Bombardier Learjet 31A to meet JAR-OPS Part 1 requirements. In a separate development, LBAS expects to begin offering interior refurbishment work for all Bombardier business aircraft models in the near future. Through association with E.I.S.
With the Raytheon Hawker Horizon and Bombardier Continental making their first flights within three days of each other in Wichita last month, development is virtually neck and neck for these two highly competitive super-midsize business jets.
For the past four years, Bombardier designers have worked on a variety of design concepts for new airplanes. One result of those efforts–the Learjet NXT–was announced on October 30. The airplane will be the largest in the Learjet line and fills a niche between the midsize Learjet 60XR and the super-midsize Challenger 300.
Innovative Solutions & Support continues its aggressive certification schedule for RVSM equipment for business aircraft.
“Welcome to Lear Jet Country,” a marketing slogan that attached itself to the early-20-series Lear Jet, is likely to be remembered only by industry old-timers who recall the airplane’s ability to take off and climb to 41,000 feet without effort. It is a capability that disappeared with the advent of the Learjet 35/36.
Seattle-based Raisbeck Engineering (Booth No. 2606) said it completed the 50th installation of its ZR Lite performance kit for the Learjet 31. West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo., installed the milestone modification on a Learjet 31A operated by Kirkland Construction of Pueblo, Colo. “The ZR Lite performance system has become so popular that we can hardly keep it in stock,” said Nick Nicholson, a Raisbeck sales manager.
Bombardier Aerospace director of Learjet products Brad Nolen told AIN that the company has extended indefinitely the Learjet 60 “complete package offer,” which it announced at the NBAA Convention in October. As such, the Canadian manufacturer will continue to include the package–valued at $288,000–at no extra charge to those buying a new Learjet 60.
Aviall Services and Sierracin have signed an agreement appointing Aviall an official global supplier and distributor of Sierracin’s business aircraft transparencies. Aircraft supported by the agreement include the Bombardier Global Express, Challenger and Learjet 31A/35/36 and 45; Cessna 402/404, 414/421 and Citation 500/550; and Raytheon Beech 60 Duke.
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