The Learjet 60XR was featured in a recent episode of National Geographic Channel’s Megafactories TV series. In this episode, the assembly of businessman David Morgan’s $14 million Learjet 60XR is highlighted to tell the story of how each business jet is assembled at the Wichita plant, as well as how Bombardier Learjet has reinvented itself to optimize production. The film crew captured how the production line runs and the technical expertise and monumental logistics behind each aircraft.
Bombardier switched on the electrical and avionics systems of the first Learjet 75 to roll down the company’s Wichita production line during the week of August 21. The Learjet 75 is an updated version of the 45XR, and the 70 replaces the 40XR. Both feature a new Garmin G5000-based Bombardier Vision flight deck with touchscreen controllers mounted in the cockpit pedestal, synthetic vision display on the PFDs and Garmin’s new solid-state GWX 70 radar.
Three jets are now flying in the Learjet 70/75 flight-test program. The first two are a Learjet 40XR and 45XR modified with the Bombardier Vision cockpit, which was installed at Garmin’s New Century AirCenter facility near company headquarters in Olathe, Kan. The Vision flight deck in the Learjet 70 and 75 is based on a Garmin G5000 avionics suite, which features touchscreen controllers mounted in the cockpit pedestal, synthetic vision display on the PFDs and Garmin’s new solid-state GWX 70 radar.
The Learjet 85, the first all-composite Part 25 business jet, remains on track for certification and entry into service next year, according to Bombardier. “Four test aircraft are in various stages of production,” the company noted, and shipment of the first pressure vessel from Bombardier’s factory in Querétaro, Mexico, to the final-assembly plant in Wichita was imminent (in mid-July). At the Querétaro factory, technicians completed construction of the first Learjet 85’s wing internal structure and the wing was moved to the final-assembly position for installation of the wing plank.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday of complications from heart surgery. Besides serving as a NASA astronaut, Armstrong was a project pilot on many pioneering high-speed aircraft, including the Mach 5 North American X-15. During his career, he piloted more than 200 different aircraft types, including jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders. Armstrong was also an aerospace engineer and university professor.
Eaton will supply the Learjet 85’s fuel-tank inerting system, under a contract awarded by Bombardier Aerospace. The fuel-tank inerting system enhances aircraft safety by injecting inert gas into fuel tanks to significantly reduce the potential for ignition sources. Besides supplying the system, Eaton will support Bombardier in the regulatory process to achieve FAA inerting system certification for the Learjet 85.
L-3 Avionics Systems announced today that the FAA has granted TSO approval for its GH-3900 electronic standby instrument system. Several business aircraft OEMs have selected the GH-3900 as standard equipment, including Bombardier for the Learjet 70/75 and Cessna for the Citation Ten. Additionally, Rockwell Collins has selected the GH-3900 ESIS for its Pro Line Fusion Flight Deck. The primary flight display backup instrument is capable of meeting airworthiness requirements for almost any fixed- or rotary-wing transport-category aircraft, says L-3.
Bombardier Flexjet launched an 11-city tour to showcase the Learjet 85, which will be the next aircraft type addition to its fractional fleet. Besides being able to view the Learjet 85 cabin mockup, attendees will also be able to test drive Rolls-Royce Phantom and Ghost autos and play a World Championship golf course in a Full Swing Golf simulator.
A recent Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) report of a Learjet 31 altitude bust on departure from Denver’s Centennial Airport (APA) reminds all aviators that miscommunication, poor preflight planning and a loss of situational awareness can lead to serious mistakes.
Qatar-based Rizon Jet has been granted approval by the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation for its Doha facility to maintain and repair Bermuda-registered aircraft under an AMO certificate. The MRO has also added the Learjet 45 and Challenger 300 to its Biggin Hill, UK, line and base maintenance list of aircraft capabilities. Both locations are EASA Part 145 compliant and hold approvals from a number of different states. The centers offer AOG support on Bombardier and Hawker aircraft.