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.
Bombardier Learjet 60, West Columbia, S.C., Sept. 19, 2008–The pilot, copilot and two passengers were killed when the chartered Learjet 60 crashed on takeoff from Columbia Metropolitan Airport. A musician and a disc jockey survived with serious burns. The cockpit voice recorder revealed that the pilots thought a tire had blown and they were trying to abort the takeoff. All tires were found deflated after the accident.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Guadalajara, Mexico, Aug. 2, 2008–The Mexican-registered Learjet was landing at Guadalajara International Airport (MMGL) when the gear collapsed and the airplane caught fire. The jet had taken off from MMGL when it had an indication of high voltage. When the crew tried to correct the condition, the airplane lost all electrical power and returned to the airport.
Stevens Aviation, buoyed by market reception of its Lear4Ever avionics and airframe modification package for the Bombardier Learjet 35, on Monday announced expansion of its Select Suite of aircraft targeted for the same level of avionics modernization to include some of the most numerous and popular models.
Stevens Aviation, buoyed by market reception of its Lear4Ever avionics and airframe modification package for the Learjet 35, today announced expansion of its Select Suite of aircraft targeted for the same level of avionics modernization to include some other popular models.
The FAA has awarded multiple supplemental type certificates (STCs) to Stevens Aviation for a comprehensive avionics and airframe modification package for the Learjet 35 called the Lear4Ever program. Based on an up-close look at the airplane used for certification, the upgrade appears to deliver on early promises and is sure to pique the interest of operators of the iconic business twinjet.
At press time, the NTSB was finishing its on-scene investigation of a Learjet 60SE (N999LJ) fatal accident at Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Airport. The Learjet– owned by Inter Travel and Services and operated by Global Exec Aviation of Long Beach, Calif.– crashed just before midnight on September 19 after the twinjet overran Runway 11 while on takeoff for a flight to Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport.