West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., is working with the FAA to amend its Learjet 35/36 RVSM STC to include models with the FC-530 autopilot, FC-200 autopilot and Mark IV wings, FC-200 autopilot and non-Softflite Century III wings or FC-531 autopilot and Century III Softflite wings. The amended STC will allow about 70 to 80 additional 30-series Learjets to meet RVSM equipment requirements.
In the January issue of AIN (page 39), we recounted the origins of the Learjet, complete with references to the well worn tale of the Swiss fighter connection. We then heard from Bill Lear’s eldest son, who suggested that “since you can’t get it straight from the horse’s mouth, here it is from the horse’s offspring, who followed closely in the horse’s hoofsteps!”
Activity in the used jet sector continues to thrust ahead as another year-over-year decline in inventory served to strengthen prices among a number of models and appears poised to continue. During the last two years the used inventory averaged a 155 net decline and stands at 1,730 as AIN goes to press, a figure it hasn’t seen in four years.
Avcon Industries has a source of financing available for its reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) solution for the Learjet 20 series as well as for other Avcon modifications. It is provided by Commercial Capital Co. for 24-, 36-, 48-, or 60-month terms. More than 80 airplanes have been upgraded using the Avcon STC RVSM Group Solution. Orders for upgrading another 40 airplanes are booked or pending.
Learjets and Challengers have a Teterboro (TEB) maintenance option as Bombardier is now offering drop-in and line service support at the repair station that has previously been dedicated to the Flexjet fractional fleet. The company cited the desire to increase its service and maintenance capacity throughout its domestic service center network.
On the morning of June 18, 1994, a Learjet 25D carrying 10 passengers and two pilots crashed less than a mile from the threshold of Runway 1R on approach to Dulles International Airport.
The 54,000-sq-ft former Learjet maintenance facility at Denver International Airport has been acquired by Denver-based Aviation Development Group, which plans to lease it in whole or in part to corporate aviation interests. The property includes 19,250 sq ft of office space and 34,750 sq ft of hangar area. Bombardier Aerospace vacated the premises a couple of years ago as part of a company-wide consolidation.
Bombardier reported that it has received type approval for the Learjet 45 from the civil aviation agency of China (CAAC). In addition to paving the way for operators to register Learjet 45s in that country, the approval also extends to other models in the Learjet 40 series. The first civil operator to benefit from this approval will be charter operator Global Wings of Tokyo, which plans to base two Learjet 45XRs in Beijing.
Bombardier has closed its green completion center in Tucson, but it is still doing business aircraft interior refurbishment at its adjacent Tucson Service Center. In December, Bombardier and the Tucson Airport Authority reached a new lease agreement that allows start-up completion center DunnAir to gradually take possession of Bombardier’s former completion facility (see page 76).
MSA Aircraft Products of San Antonio has introduced its Accordia pleated window shade systems for the Embraer Legacy, Gulfstream 200 (as well as an Accordia ultra-light window assembly for all Gulfstreams), Piaggio Avanti and Learjet 35.