During a recent press conference to report quarterly results, Bombardier Aerospace president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin dismissed as untrue persistent industry speculation that the Learjet line is on the block or that Learjet assembly work and the role of the Wichita flight-test center would be moved from Wichita to Montreal. The Tucson facility will become a dedicated service center for Bombardier’s business and regional jets.
After some 100 flights, Spirit Wing Aviation of Guthrie, Okla., has completed development testing of its Williams FJ44-powered Learjet 25D and expected to begin about five months of FAA certification flying. The FJ44-2C turbofans replace the Learjet 25D’s original GE CJ610-8A turbojets.
Bombardier has issued a Service Bulletin for installing redesigned on-off placards for the oxygen bottle regulator in the Learjet 35 and 36, and the FAA has followed up with a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending that operators incorporate the changes.
First flight of a Williams FJ44-2C-powered Learjet 25D continues to be a moving target as Guthrie, Okla.-based Spirit Wing awaits delivery of the engine nacelles from Nordam. The design of the stainless steel inlets is made more complex by the fact that they must act as radiators to dissipate the 800-deg F heat of the FJ44’s bleed air, which will provide full-time anti-ice protection to the engines.
Simcom Training Centers last month opened a 67,000-sq-ft facility adjacent to Florida’s Orlando International Airport. The new building has space to install additional simulators and training devices beyond the initial ones for the Citation II, Learjet 35/36, Hawker 800XP, TBM 700, Pilatus PC-12 and Piper Meridian. Simcom currently offers training programs on Citations and Learjets at its parent training facility in Miami.
To demonstrate the feasibility of a major restructuring of its aircraft cabin-completion process, Bombardier recently delivered the first Challenger 604 to be outfitted by the Canadian airframer in Montreal, where the airplane is built.
When Bombardier this month vacates its recently closed Learjet and Challenger maintenance facility at Indianapolis International Airport, Keeker Aircraft Interiors plans to reopen the facility under the name Indianapolis Jet Center. “We will offer the same services, in the same hangar, with the same technicians, to the same customers,” said Keeker Aircraft Interiors president Randy Keeker.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Melville Hall, Dominica, Aug. 11, 2007–The U.S.-registered World Jet Learjet was substantially damaged when it ran off the end of Runway 9 at Melville Hall, Dominica, on landing. No one was injured. The crew reported difficulties in spoiler and braking effectiveness. The Government of Dominica is investigating.
Bombardier Learjet 35, Seattle, July 13, 2007–Learjet N35WE veered off Runway 13 at Boeing Field on landing. The problem was initially reported to the FAA as a hydraulic failure. No one was injured and there was no damage to the Learjet, which is registered to BS Leasing of Dover, Del.
Bombardier Learjet 25, St. Augustine, Fla., July 21, 2007–An SK Logistics Learjet 25 was substantially damaged by a hard landing after a dual engine flameout on approach to St. Augustine Airport. As the first officer reduced power on approach, both engines quit. The captain tried unsuccessfully to restart the engines and landed the jet. The 4,620-hour ATP pilot and the 2,453-hour commercial first officer were not injured.