Home Medical Factors Facing Pilots Aviation Stories Of Interest FAA Exam Aviation News Maintenance and Aircraft Mechanics General Aviation Helicopters
Aviation History Legal Issues In Aviation Links To Other Sites Editorials Hot Air Balloon Aviation Training Handbooks Read Online Upcoming Events Editorials


Learjet 85 Jet, FTV1 To Be Fitted With Its New Wings
By Bill Goldston

November 19, 2012 - Bombardier Aerospace announced that the first wing shipment for its Learjet 85 jet has arrived at the Wichita assembly line and is now in the process of being readied for mating to the fuselage of Flight Test Vehicle one (FTV1). 

The Learjet 85 is the latest Learjet development program by Bombardier. The program was launched on October 30, 2007. The Learjet 85 fits between the midsize and the super midsize segments of the market. 

It will be the first Bombardier jet to feature a composite structure and will be Learjet's first composite structure business jet designed for type certification under FAR-25. The plane is expected to have a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of up to 3,000 nautical miles.


Bombardier reports nearly 60 Learjet 85 orders at a price of US$17.2 million, Flexjet announced it would be the initial launch customer. Alongside the arrival of the first complete Learjet 85 aircraft wing, the fuselage for FTV2 has successfully completed its integrity inspection. Installation of the nose, bulkheads, floor, windshield and door surrounds are scheduled to begin in the coming days. Once complete the main fuselage will be shipped with the aft fuselage to the final assembly line. 

Wings for the complete aircraft static test article are expected to arrive from Queretaro by the end of November as preparations for static ground testing continues. Elsewhere, the program is soaring along as all system supplier safety of flight test rigs been commissioned. 

“Seeing the wings arrive for our first Learjet 85 test aircraft is a wonderful moment. A moment that could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of every single person involved in this project,” said Ralph Acs, Vice President and General Manager, Learjet. “This development program is gaining ever more momentum as we tirelessly work towards first flight and the first customer delivery.” 

The Learjet 85 aircraft lives up to its nomenclature with its sleek Learjet lines, legendary performance, and blends the newest technology to deliver an aircraft that will redefine the midsize segment with the largest, fastest and longest range Learjet aircraft to date. It can link Montreal with Caracas, and fly Montréal to Los Angeles. And with its Bombardier Vision Flight Deck offers pilots the most sophisticated cockpit in its class.



Other News Stories (For the latest news please checkout our home page)
blog comments powered by Disqus  
Home Aviation News Aviation Stories Of Interest FAA Exam Upcoming Events Links To Other Sites General Aviation Helicopters Medical Factors Facing Pilots
Maintenance and Aircraft Mechanics Hot Air Balloon Aviation Training Handbooks Read Online Aviation History Legal Issues In Aviation Sea Planes Editorials
 ©AvStop Online Magazine                                                                 Contact Us                                                  Return To News                                          Bookmark and Share

AvStop Aviation News and Resource Online Magazine