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Bombardier Aerospace powered up its
new Learjet 75 light business jet s electrical
systems for the first time on the Wichita
production line during the week of 21
August, achieving another development
milestone as the aircraft heads for entry into
service in 2013.
"This milestone represents a significant
step forward for our Learjet aircraft family,
as we were able to seamlessly integrate
the Learjet 75 jet into our production flow,"
says Ralph Acs, Bombardier s Learjet vice-
president and general manager. "More
importantly, this aircraft, our very first
complete Learjet 75 aircraft, will play a
pivotal role in the certification programme."
There will be a total of five flight Learjet
70/75 test aircraft: a modified Learjet 40
XR and a modified Learjet 45 XR are now
flying and focusing on avionics certification;
another modified Learjet 45 XR will be
used primarily for interior and cabin
management systems; and a third converted
Learjet 45 XR will be used for testing and
validating performance improvements. Then
the first production Learjet 75 will be the
programme s fifth test aircraft.
Bombardier says the aircraft s new
Vision flight deck will provide pilots with
"an unprecedented level of control and
comfort", and features a fully integrated
Garmin G5000 digital avionics suite.
Both models offer a range of more than
2,000 nm (3,704 km) and are powered by
Honeywell TFE731-40-BR turbofans, offering
3,850lb thrust. -- Andrzej Jeziorski
Beijing-based helicopter manufacturer
AviChina Industry & Technology has entered
into a joint venture agreement with AVIC
Tongfei and Hebei Aviation to create a new
general-aviation manufacturing and services
company, called Huabei Aircraft.
"The scope of business of Huabei Aircraft
is intended to be primarily the manufacture
of General-aviation aircraft, operations
and services (airport services and general
aviation aircraft marketing services) for
general aviation,"AviChina says in a
statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
AviChina will contribute 12 percent of
the new company s registered capital of
1.5 billion yuan (US$238 million), with
AVIC Tongfei providing 53 percent and
Hebei injecting 35 percent of the total,
the companies say. AVIC Tongfei will also
transfer all assets of light-aircraft maker
AVIC Shijiazhuang to the new company.
"With the gradual opening of the
domestic low-altitude airspace, there is
great potential in the development of PRC s
[the People s Republic of China s] general-
aviation industry," AviChina says. "To
seize the valuable opportunities arising
from the PRC government s development
of general-aviation industry, AviChina will
be ready to provide for the future needs
of the ... industry by participating in the
establishment of Huabei Aircraft."
Aviation Industry of China (AVIC), the
country s state-owned aerospace and
defence company, owns 51.26 percent of
AviChina, 70 percent of AVIC Tongfei and
all of AVIC Shijiazhuang.
-- Andrzej Jeziorski
LEARJET 75 POWER-ON MARKS
AVIC UNITS, HEBEI AVIATION FORM NEW GA VENTURE
NEWS IN BRIEF
SHANGHAI HAWKER Pacific Business
Aviation Service Centre (SHPBAS) has
announced a 43 percent gain in airport
traffic in August compared with the
same month in 2011. Overall traffic for
2012 is up 24 percent. The company
provides fixed-base operations (FBO)
and maintenance services at Shanghai s
Hongqiao International Airport, as well
as flight and ground handling services
at the city s Pudong International Airport.
The 24 percent gain is an average for
both airports. Business aviation grew at
Hongqiao by 58 percent during the month,
with 25 percent expansion at Pudong.
BOEING BUSINESS Jets set a new world
record for 'Speed Over a Recognized
Course when a BBJ aircraft flew non-
stop from Los Angeles to Auckland, New
Zealand for installation of its VIP interior.
The BBJ, a 737-700 modified for VIP use
and owned by Samsung Electronics, made
the 5,658 nautical mile (10,479 km) trip in
13 hours, 7 minutes and 54 seconds.
The record-setting trip was monitored by
the National Aeronautic Association based
in Washington, D.C. BBJ president Capt
Steve Taylor says the trip was an illustration
of the BBJ s capabilities. "When we left Los
Angeles with full fuel, we were 21,000
pounds below our Maximum Takeoff
Weight," Taylor says. "This means that the
customer can add a full VIP interior, fill all
the seats and still carry full fuel and have
remarkable range." --Andrzej Jeziorski
Flight testing of the Learjet 70/75 will be completed using five test aircraft.
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