Learjet 85 On Track for 2013 Entry, Says Bombardier
Bombardier Aerospace’s all-composite Learjet 85 is on track for entry-into-service in 2013, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer said this week at EBACE. Development and production teams in Wichita; Montreal; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Querétaro, Mexico, are actively engaged as work has transitioned from the detail design phase to the build, test and validate phase. “The Learjet 85 aircraft program has entered a new phase and is progressing toward entry into-service with great strength,” said Ralph Acs, Bombardier Business Aircraft’s vice president for the Learjet 85. Methods and logistics teams are now coordinating production tooling, as well as sourcing and expediting parts to be shipped to the Querétaro site. In Montreal, engineers are completing the final production drawings for the test aircraft. Meanwhile, construction of the Learjet 85 aircraft final assembly building in Wichita has begun the first of four phases of the site expansion. The Belfast team manufactured the first production wing spars, and wing skins are currently in production. Both the spars and skins will be shipped to the Querétaro facility for final wing assembly. Finally, production of parts has begun at the Querétaro plant, and production of the majority of composite parts for the first aircraft is under way.