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Bombardier completes Learjet 85 detail design phase
Bombardier Aerospace says its Learjet 85
development programme has emerged from
the detail design phase and moved into the
build, test and validation phase as it moves towards
entry into service in 2013.
" e Learjet 85 aircra program has entered
a new phase and is progressing towards entry-
into -ser vice with great strength," says Ralph Acs,
Bombardier's vice-president for the programme.
" e synergies achieved by working with people
from across our Bombardier Aerospace sites have
proven extremely successful in the advancement of
In April 2011, the company's Integrated Product
Development Team (IPDT) completed the aircra -
level critical design review, a major development
Bombardier says the programme's supplier base "is
fully engaged in the preparation and commissioning
of systems test rigs, enabling the various suppliers
to exercise their respective systems, identify and
implement corrective action prior to supplying parts
to the nal assembly line in Wichita". Methods and
logistics teams are now coordinating production
tooling , as well as sourcing and expediting parts to
be shipped to the company's Mexico Manufacturing
Centre in ueretaro.
In Montreal, the IPDT is focused on completing
final production drawings for the test aircraft,
while, in Wichita, the construction of the nal
assembly line building, the rst of four phases of
the expansion of the site, has begun.
e company's team in Belfast, Northern Ireland,
has successfully manufactured the rst production
wing spars using innovative Resin Transfer Infusion
(RTI) technology, and wing skins are also currently
in production. Both the spars and skins will be
shipped to ueretaro for nal wing assembly.
Production of parts has begun at ueretaro,
and the production of the majority of composite
parts for the rst aircra is under way. ere are
now 1,300 employees working on the programme
at Bombardier's sites in Belfast, Mexico, Montréal
Launched in October 2007 as a clean-sheet
design, the Learjet 85 aircra is positioned between
the mid-size Learjet 60 XR and the super midsize
Challenger 300 jets.
Comlux orders three Legacy 650s
Comlux e Aviation Group has signed a
contract for the acquisition of three Embraer
Legacy 650 executive jets for the company's
Fly Comlux Division in Kazakhstan, the Brazilian
manufacturer announced at the show.
e agreement includes options for another four
aircra . e deal is valued at US$90.7 million at list
prices, and could reach up to US$211.7 million, if
all options are converted into rm orders. e rst
delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2011.
" is is ... a strong endorsement of our new long-
range, large cabin Legacy 650 executive jet,," said Colin
Steven, Embraer's vice-president of marketing and sales
for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
e aircra will be available for charter, o ering
Comlux passengers a new product for their travel
e Legacy 650 is a derivative of the Legacy 600
super midsize, nearly 200 of which have been delivered
to customers worldwide. According to Embraer, it will
enable Comlux to y up to 13 passengers in comfort,
with three distinct cabin zones and a spacious galley,
as well as the largest in-flight accessible baggage
compartment of its category. e aircra o ers a
maximum range of 3,900 nautical miles (7,223km).
e two companies also agreed to cooperate in
opening a ser vice centre for the Legacy 650 in Almaty,
Kazakhstan, to support the Central Asia market.
e Legacy 650 extended-range aircra is one of
the largest executive jets able to operate in restricted
airports such as London City or Cannes-Mandelieu,
e aircra features the new Honeywell Primus
Elite avionics suite, designed to reduce crew workload
and optimize the aircra 's ight pro le. Equipped
with FANS/CPDLC (Future Air Navigation System
-- Controller Pilot Datalink Communication), the
manufacturer says the ight deck conforms to "the
latest technologies for improved situational awareness,
while ensuring outstanding operational exibility in
congested airspace, terrain-challenged airports and
adverse weather conditions".
NEWS IN BRIEF
HAWKER BEECHCRAFT Global Customer
Support (GCS) announced at the show that
its Hawker 800XPR upgrade is progressing
towards certification this summer with the
installation of new Honeywell TFE731-50R
engines. With the new engines installed,
power-on ground runs have begun on the
aircraft prior to the start of flight testing.
GCS expects to achieve US Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) certification in June,
followed by European certification in July. "We
have received significant operator interest
in this upgrade programme, due to the
economics of this upgrade package and the
fact that it is based on proven technology that
is currently flying in the Hawker 900XP," says
Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft's vice-
president for GSC. "This, in combination with
on-schedule flight testing, is making for very
positive momentum on this programme."
EMBRAER announced at the show that it
won an order for a Phenom 300 executive jet
from Portugal's Ricon Group. The aircraft will
be operated by the company's new Everjets
subsidiary, which plans to start operating the
Phenom in December in southern Europe.
The aircraft will be available for charter. The
contract includes an option for a second
aircraft. "The design of the aircraft perfectly
suits our objectives and our target audience
of multi-cultural, fashion-conscious clients,
who like to travel in style," says Everjets Chief
Executive Jose Pereira.
The Learjet 85 design team completed its
aircraft-level critical design review in April.
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