Progress on design and parts fabrication are among the Learjet 85 development milestones Bombardier Aerospace highlighted at NBAA.
Bombardier Learjet 45, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov. 4, 2008–The Mexican Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC) has ruled that turbulence from a Boeing 767-300 caused the crash of the government Learjet 45 that was on approach to Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport.
Mexican Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC) investigators on Tuesday said that turbulence from a Boeing 767-300 caused the Nov. 4, 2008 crash of a government Learjet 45 in Mexico City that killed Mexican Interior Secretary Juan Camillo Mourino and eight others on board, as well as six people on the ground. Both aircraft were on approach to Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport when the accident occurred.
Bombardier is banking the future of the Learjet brand on its new, all-composite Model 85. And in doing so, it has placed a good portion of its chips on a new facility in Santiago de Querétaro, México, where it has reserved some four million square feet at the international airport where the Canadian company plans to build all the primary aircraft structure and wiring harnesses.
Duncan Aviation recently delivered its first Learjet 45 with Waas LPV certification by installing dual UNS-1Ew FMS units. The STC covers the Learjet 40 and 45 series. Duncan plans to offer the same Universal approval with LPV certification for the Astra SPX/Gulfstream G100 and is working with Honeywell on its upcoming dual NZ-2000 FMS with Waas LPV certification for the Falcon 900.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has granted a parts manufacturing approval (PMA) to Stevens Aviation for an avionics upgrade to Bombardier’s Learjet 60. The supplementary type certificate covers the installation of the Universal Avionics EFI-890R multifunction display system with the application server unit and the optional Vision-1 synthetic- vision system.
A number of WAAS LPV (lateral precision with vertical guidance) equipment approvals for business jets have been completed recently or will be finished soon as avionics manufacturers, installation centers and operators get serious about gaining the needed certifications to fly the GPS-based procedures.
Bombardier Learjet 45, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov. 4, 2008–The NTSB has reported that the Mexico City crash of the Secretairia du Gobernacion of Mexico Learjet that killed the Interior Minister and seven others on board (see AIN, December, page 47) also killed 14 people on the ground (up from earlier reports of five) and injured 40.
The aircraft was on final approach to Mexico City Airport.
Bombardier Learjet 45, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov. 4, 2008–The Learjet, carrying Mexico’s Interior Minister, Juan Camilo Mourino, four of his aides and three crewmembers, crashed into a business district in Mexico City during rush hour, killing all on board. Five people on the ground were killed when the jet crashed into a number of cars, setting them on fire, and 40 people were injured.