It might surprise some to hear this, but the state of the economy was not on the minds of everyone at last month’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE).
Bombardier told AIN yesterday at EBACE that development of the “clean sheet” all-composite Bombardier Learjet 85 continues on track for entry-into-service in 2013. The company is using its new production facility in the Queretaro Aerospace Park in Mexico to fabricate the composite structure for the Learjet 85, which is expected to become the first certified all-composite Part 25 business jet.
Development of the “clean sheet” all-composite Bombardier Learjet 85 continues on track for its announced entry-into-service date of 2013, notwithstanding the unexpected insolvency and subsequent bankruptcy in late 2008 of supplier Grob Aerospace, which had been selected to help develop the structure and build the first three prototypes for the program.
New fractional ownership provider Jet Republic is putting a decidedly European imprint on the interiors and entire cabin layouts of its 110 new Learjet 60XRs, with the blessing of manufacturer Bombardier.
Drawing on the creative expertise of respected aircraft interior designer Jose Luiz Monteiro, Jet Republic said the cabins of its Learjet 60XRs will be crafted by Europeans for Europeans.
Bombardier Aerospace (Booth No. 7011) is now offering a WAAS (wide area augmentation system) capable flight management system on its Learjet 60s; it also is STC’d for in-service models. The aircraft uses the WAAS signal in addition to GPS to fly area navigation and localize performance with vertical guidance instrument approaches. The system has been previously available for the Canadian airframer’s Learjet 40, 40 XR, 45 and 45 XR models.
Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, last month filed suit against Bombardier, Goodyear and other related parties for injuries and emotional trauma he sustained in a Learjet 60 crash on September 19 at the Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Airport. The twinjet overran the runway on takeoff, killing the two crewmembers and two passengers while Goldstein and rock star Travis Barker survived but sustained severe burns.
Bombardier shared an update on the Learjet 85 program with customers today, revealing that the program remains on schedule for service entry in 2013 and that the design is “mature” and has entered the technology readiness phase. Subscale test articles for the all-composite airframe are being laid up, said David Coleal, Learjet vice president and general manager.
A number of WAAS LPV (lateral precision with vertical guidance) equipment approvals for business jets have been completed recently or will be finished soon as avionics manufacturers, installation centers and operators get serious about gaining the needed certifications to fly the GPS-based procedures.
Bombardier Learjet 45, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov. 4, 2008–The NTSB has reported that the Mexico City crash of the Secretairia du Gobernacion of Mexico Learjet that killed the Interior Minister and seven others on board (see AIN, December, page 47) also killed 14 people on the ground (up from earlier reports of five) and injured 40.
The aircraft was on final approach to Mexico City Airport.
Bombardier Learjet 45, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov. 4, 2008–The Learjet, carrying Mexico’s Interior Minister, Juan Camilo Mourino, four of his aides and three crewmembers, crashed into a business district in Mexico City during rush hour, killing all on board. Five people on the ground were killed when the jet crashed into a number of cars, setting them on fire, and 40 people were injured.