Bombardier Aerospace (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) announced on Feb. 19 that Learjet has obtained the first flight test permit from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the composites-intensive Learjet 85 aircraft Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1). In addition, engine run testing and low-speed taxi testing have been successfully completed on the flight test vehicle.
During the final testing stage in preparation for first flight, the Learjet 85 aircraft program team will finalize the configuration of the aircraft and conduct further engine runs and high-speed taxi tests.
“We have successfully completed preliminary testing on the Learjet 85 FTV1 and we are now one step closer in achieving the first flight,” says Ralph Acs, vice-president and general manager, Learjet 85, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We’re committed to offering our customers state-of-the-art aircraft and we look very much forward to showcasing the Learjet 85 jet, the biggest Learjet aircraft ever, during its maiden flight."
The Learjet 85 features composite wings manufactured via in-autoclave infusion, combined with a fuselage made out-of-autoclave. Its combination of resin, fiber and processing types is among the most ambitious in the aerospace industry today. See story in right margin for more information.
The Learjet 85 aircraft targets a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of approximately 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km).