Jim Ziegler joined Greenwich AeroGroup in June as president and CEO, after running North America operations for Jet Aviation and serving in various positions at Learjet and Bombardier for 21 years. A graduate of Wichita State University, Ziegler started his aviation career at Learjet in the finance department then eventually moved into managing all of Bombardier’s service facilities, Wichita manufacturing operations and completions centers.
Bombardier Aerospace said its Learjet 85 program has reached several milestones, including fabrication of the second proof-of-concept, all-composite fuselage and the successful completion of all wind-tunnel testing. Development of the Learjet 85’s all-composite wing is also “progressing steadily,” with a proof-of-concept wing demonstrator under way.
The holder of a deposit on a Learjet 85 has asked Bombardier Aerospace for a refund due to the manufacturer’s plan to build the new jet’s composite airframe at its factory in Querétaro, Mexico.
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.
Development of the “clean sheet” all-composite Bombardier Learjet 85 continues on track for its announced entry-into-service date of 2013, notwithstanding the unexpected insolvency and subsequent bankruptcy in late 2008 of supplier Grob Aerospace, which had been selected to help develop the structure and build the first three prototypes for the program.
Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 227) is back at the EBACE show looking to add to its base of foreign customers who already account for about 15 percent of the U.S. group’s business. “The services we provide include large multi-shop work scopes where we are able to offer very efficient turn times, as well as more specific accessory and engine repair work or parts sales,” Duncan president Aaron Hilkemann told EBACE Convention News.
Honeywell’s TFE731 Zing remote diagnostic service is now available for Hawker jets as an add-on to Honeywell’s maintenance service program (MSP). Zing consists of an avionics box that sends engine data wirelessly via the GSM cellphone network to the operator or service centers as well as Honeywell engine trend-monitoring partner Jet-Care.
Bombardier is scrambling to develop new production plans for the midsize Learjet 85 after dropping troubled Grob as the supplier of the airplane’s composite fuselage.
The Canadian manufacturer last month terminated its contract for the Learjet 85 fuselage in the wake of Grob’s German affiliate filing for insolvency.
Bombardier has terminated its contract with Grob Aerospace AG of Switzerland to develop the composite structure for the Learjet 85. Grob’s German affiliate filed for insolvency on August 18. In a statement released on September 18, Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, said, “Given the uncertainty surrounding Grob’s insolvency, Learjet has decided to terminate its agreement with Grob Aerospace, effective Sept. 17, 2008.
Bombardier Business Aircraft has authorized Global Aviation of Portland-Hillsboro Airport to be an aircraft on ground/line maintenance facility (AOG/LMF) in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The authorization allows Global Aviation to perform line maintenance on the Learjet 40, 45 and 60; Challenger 604 and 605; and the Global series.