At NBAA, Bombardier – which owns Learjet – was saying that Type Certification for its newest jet, the Learjet 75, had been held up by the furlough of FAA staff during September and October. But now, the TC has finally come through – big sighs of relief all round.
The 75 is an important aircraft for Learjet. It’s a thorough upgrade of the 45 – really thorough and almost every part of the aircraft has been improved.
Performance is better, thanks to new Honeywell engines, plus aerodynamic tweaks and a slight saving in weight. Part of that saving is down to the new avionics and the 75 is one of the first aircraft to have Garmin’s G5000 system with touch-control pads. Naturally, Learjet bosses are over the moon.
“We are delighted to have received FAA certification for the first Learjet 75 business jet”, said Ralph Acs, Vice-President and General Manager, Learjet, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
“This jet is clearly a leader among its peers with its Bombardier Vision flight deck offering unmatched capability in its segment, the class-defining performance and efficiency improvements, as well as a completely new interior. This aircraft, along with its smaller sibling the Learjet 70 business jet, clearly have a bright future in business aviation.”
FAA certification for Learjet 75 aircraft was received on November 14, 2013. Certification and delivery efforts and activities are in progress for the Learjet 70 aircraft.
The aircraft has enhanced performance through an engine thrust increase with an improved Honeywell engine, offering improved takeoff field length performance over its predecessor. The new avionic system contributes to achieving weight savings and the new canted winglets improve aerodynamic efficiency. Overall, up to a nine per cent improvement in field performance under hot and high conditions and up to a four per cent improvement in fuel efficiency are expected.
Based on the Learjet 85 aircraft interior design and technology, the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft include:
- Improved comfort and styling of the seats
- Cabin management system featuring individual touchscreen monitors with full audio and video control
- LED lighting throughout the entire aircraft
- Generous baggage suite and a spacious galley for optimised catering, work and storage space
- Advanced connectivity options.
Bombardier Vision Flight Deck
The Bombardier Vision Flight Deck is designed to deliver a completely new cockpit experience. By combining the best in technological advancements with superior design aesthetics, it provides pilots flying Bombardier’s Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft an unprecedented level of control and comfort.
The Bombardier Vision Flight Deck for Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft features the fully integrated Garmin G5000 digital avionics suite, designed with leading edge technology and one of the most intuitive crew interfaces available.
The aircraft will be supported by a maintenance program designed to allow customers to operate to a generous 600 flight hour fixed inspection interval at Bombardier’s growing worldwide Customer Services infrastructure. In addition, direct operating costs will be reduced as a result of performance efficiency gains.
With a maximum range greater than 2,000 nautical miles at cruise speeds up to Mach 0.81, the Learjet 75 aircraft will be able to fly four passengers and two crew members non-stop from Los Angeles to Toronto and Mumbai to Bangkok. Additionally, it will be able to handle a range close to 1,950 nautical miles with eight passengers.
The Learjet 70 aircraft will be able to achieve an exceptional range greater than 2,000 nautical miles at cruise speeds of up to Mach 0.81. It will connect Chicago-San Juan and Toluca-Minneapolis non-stop with six passengers and two crew members.