A “systems issue” that cropped up late last week has put the Bombardier Learjet 85’s first flight on an indefinite hold, a company spokeswoman told AIN. This latest hurdle came just hours after the company said weather had prompted it to scrub the all-composite midsize jet’s scheduled maiden flight last Thursday. The spokeswoman said that engineers are working on a software update to fix the undisclosed issue, but they cannot give an estimate of how long this will take.
Canada-based MRO Flying Colours has expanded its reach with the delivery of a reconfigured Challenger 604 for a Nigeria-based client. The MRO delivered the aircraft to the client earlier this year after performing extensive maintenance, refurbishment and reconfiguration work. The process took 14 weeks and began with a major pre-purchase inspection for the client, followed by calendar inspections (including a 96-month one), a review of all service bulletins and the interior work.
Bombardier Aerospace delayed today’s scheduled maiden flight of the Learjet 85 because of weather in Wichita, where the aircraft was assembled and is being tested, Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin said at an investor conference this morning in New York.
Bombardier Business Aircraft is confident India’s general aviation market will revive following national elections in India that are to be held during April and May. Nilesh Pattanayak, Bombardier’s Asia-Pacific regional vice-president said there has been a big change in the regulatory environment and infrastructure since 2007, when he first came to India.
Hartwig Baier, a well known international aircraft broker for many decades, died suddenly last week at the age of 73 while vacationing in the Bahamas. He began his business aviation career as an engineer with Lear Jet, before migrating to Cessna’s newly established Citation program and later Canadair’s (now Bombardier’s) Challenger program. In 1986 he formed his own company: International Aviation Consultants.
ToughguardAero (TGA) introduced its nano-technology polymer exterior protectant to the aviation industry. It both protects the existing paint and smoothes the surface. According to the company, operational testing and laboratory analysis substantiated the product’s inherent UV protection qualities, high rain-erosion rating, increased fuel efficiency and a reduction in related maintenance overhead.
Bombardier Aerospace has opened a regional support office (RSO) in Toluca, Mexico. The office will anchor regional support capabilities for Bombardier business aircraft customers throughout Mexico and surrounding areas.
The office is located alongside Bombardier’s new business aircraft sales team within the Assertec FBO on Toluca Airport. The office will be home to three field service representatives, one sales director, one RSO administrative assistant and one RSO manager.
At the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation and Industrials Conference yesterday, leaders from Bombardier, Cessna and Embraer provided summaries of their companies’ standing. Following are some “takeaways” from the event. “Bombardier: The switch to the Learjet 70/75 and Challenger 350 should help Bombardier shore up business jet pricing. Bombardier completed high-speed taxi testing on the Learjet 85, so first flight is very close. The advantage of composites here is primarily lower costs with fewer parts.
On Monday, Bombardier Aerospace inaugurated its first dedicated Customer Response Team (CRT) aircraft, a Learjet 45 that will be used to provide a rapid response for aircraft on ground (AOG)/unscheduled maintenance events in the continental U.S.
Springfield, Ohio-based Spectra Jet has been issued new operations specifications that cover every Learjet, including the 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 series. “Our trained technicians, support equipment and facility are poised to support both new and classic aircraft,” a spokesman for the company said. Spectra Jet, which specializes in Learjet maintenance and service, was founded by former Learjet field service reps.