The Bombardier Learjet 70 and 75, updated variants of the Learjet 40 and 45 with a Garmin G5000 avionics suit, received type certification from the EASA on Friday, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer said. This clears the way for EASA-registered customers to start taking delivery of the new aircraft. “Since their entry-into-service in December, the Learjet 70 and 75 have received strong interest from our customers,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft president Eric Martel.
When Peterborough, Ontario-based Flying Colours purchased JetCorp Technical Services of Chesterfield, Mo., in 2009, each company had a program for converting Bombardier CRJs into business jets: Flying Colours with its ExecLiner and JetCorp with its Renaissance offering, providing foundational synergies for the union.
Ralph Acs, who led the Learjet 85 program in his role as vice president and general manager of Bombardier Learjet, left the company last week as part of the Canadian airframer’s current corporate restructuring plan. A company spokeswoman confirmed that responsibility for its Wichita site as well as for the Learjet 70/75 programs had transferred in March to David Murray, who was previously the company’s vice president of operations for the Global 5000/6000 programs in Montreal.
Regional fractional aircraft provider Executive AirShare received temporary FAA authorization to use the Apple iPad Mini as a Class 1 electronic flight bag (EFB) in its fleet of Learjet 45XRs, Phenom 100s and 300s and King Airs. This authorization is the first step needed to gain full authority for paperless cockpits, which is expected in the first quarter of next year. With the provisional approval, Executive AirShare pilots can perform basic and advanced functions previously performed using paper documents, but flight crews must still carry printed charts as a backup.
Manufacturers saw a better than 12-percent jump in first-half business jet deliveries year over year, with 318 handed over during the first six months of this year, according to statistics released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Much of this increase was fueled by Cessna, which delivered 71 jets in the first half of the year, a 36.5-percent rise over the same period last year. Though the company saw decreases in most of its other models, its totals were buoyed by recent certifications of the Citation M2, Sovereign+ and X+.
The Learjet 85 program, already years behind the original schedule, is likely to be pushed out farther to the right as Bombardier Aerospace gives higher priority to the CSeries and Global 7000/8000, say industry watchers. The Learjet 85 is currently the only one of these in active flight test, as CSeries flying was halted in late May due to an engine issue and the Global 7000 and 8000 won’t fly until early next year and 2016, respectively.
StandardAero Business Aviation received FAA Satellite Repair Station authorization for its new satellite facility at Houston Hobby (HOU) Airport. The company launched the new repair station last June to supplement its facility at George Bush International (IAH).
Bombardier is making a strong appearance at the LABACE show with four of its aircraft in the static display at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, spanning the entire gamut of the private jet market.
Jet Support Services has announced Tip-to-Tail program coverage for the new Learjet 70/75. “As new Learjet 70s and 75s are delivered, buyers now have the option to cover their valuable asset from tip-to-tail with JSSI,” said Neil Book, president and CEO “Our programs not only enhance a new aircraft warranty but provide owners and operators a single source for complete coverage with a predictable maintenance budget and superior JSSI 24/7 service.”
With a name such as Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI), one might be excused for believing the Chicago, Illinois-based company specializes in service for only business jets, but that is certainly not the case. The hourly cost maintenance provider, a longtime LABACE supporter, which has exhibited at every single show, is attending this year’s 11th edition with a focus on its “tip-to-tail” maintenance programs for rotorcraft.
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