Home' Asian Aviation : AAV April 2010 Contents the FFA P-16, recon gured as a high-performance business jet in the 1950s by
William Powell Lear. Bombardier, the brand's owner since 1990, still trades o
the aircra 's ability to y faster than its rivals.
By way of comparison with the Lear 45XR's climb rate, Cessna aims to reach
41,000 in its 3,400lb-thrust (15.1kN) full FADEC William International
FJ44-4A-powered CJ4 in 28 minutes.
Still, the real key to new sales in performance terms is the aircra 's ability
to meet customers' needs to y farther and faster, according to Gulfstream.
Operators also want aircra with high availability and dispatch reliability.
Gulfstream has been test- ying its own newcomer, the G250 since December,
with type certi cation expected next year.
e G250 is an upgraded version of the 10-passenger G200, which started
life as the Galaxy Aerospace Astra under Israel Aircra Industries' ownership
in 1997. It is Gulfstream's rst, true mid-size business jet and has seen
improvements in both cabin comfort and performance from its forerunner.
e G250 features a new glass cockpit, 7,000lb (31kN) thrust Honeywell
Aerospace HTF7250G turbofan engines and a bigger, cruciform wing. e
aircra cabin mock-up is making its way around the world this year.
But perhaps the most eagerly awaited new aircra project in the market is
the newest Learjet: the midsize/super mid-size 85. e Learjet 85 will be the
rst all-composite business jet certi cated for public transportation. It is an
example of how technolog y from the pioneering very-light jet segment has
inspired larger jet makers to harness new technolog y.
Work on the Learjet 85 commenced in October 2007 and the aircra was
unveiled at the Paris Air Show last year. e Canadian manufacturer expects
entry into ser vice around 2013, said Chicandard.
Once again, the aircra 's speed is a key selling point, despite the deviation
from the original Learjet design. Its target cruise speed of Mach 0.78 (447
knots, or 828kmh ) is 15kmh faster than the G150 and almost a tenth quicker
than Hawker's mid-size 900XP and the Cessna Citation Sovereign. e G150
can y some 150nm further at full speed, but Bombardier sees this as a trade-
o worth having, as the aircra 's range is still comfortably trans-continental
Life for pilots ying the aircra is becoming simpler too. When Bombardier
upgraded its 60 series Learjet to the XR model, the avionics suite was switched
to what is rapidly becoming an industry standard, the Rockwell Collins Pro
Line 21 integrated ight deck management system. Alongside the Lear 60XR
and Bombardier's larger Challenger family, Pro Line 21 ight decks can also
be found on the bulk of the Cessna Citation family, the G150 and the Hawker
Rockwell Collins said the system is designed with virtually all classes of
aircra in mind, from light turboprops to widebody jets, as witnessed by its use
on both the Piaggio P180 twin pusher turboprop and the planned Commercial
Aircra Corporation of China (Comac) ARJ21 regional jet.
e avionics manufacturer said its use of adaptive ight displays allows
unprecedented exibility in ight-deck con guration and ight-display
formatting, providing pilots with the critical information they need in ways
that reduce overall workload while promoting instant, intuitive awareness and
With the painful year 2009 behind them, manufacturers are now gearing
up for a better 2010 -- although still not on the same level as 2008. In fact,
most forecasts now predict a levelling o until the middle of the new decade.
Still, with the longer term in mind, many eyes in the industry will be focused
on Asia and the light jet demand the region will generate as it launches itself
into the business aviation arena. n
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