Learjet 85 Composite Production Moving Forward
Bombardier is forging ahead with its Learjet 85 program, a company spokeswoman told AIN at the Paris Air Show. Composite component production at the company’s Mexico facility is advancing, with several parts for the first aircraft now produced using a low-pressure, vacuum-bag, oven-cure process. “We are extremely satisfied with the quality of these composite parts and are now focused on refining our production process,” she said. Bombardier’s Belfast site is developing and producing composite, wing-skin panels and spar components for the aircraft’s wing, using a proprietary resin-transfer infusion process. This is the same technology that has been developed and tested on a pre-production, composite wing for Bombardier’s new C Series airliner. First production aircraft spars for the Learjet 85 are completed and wing planks are now being assembled. Construction of the final assembly-line building in Wichita, the first of four phases of a $27 million site expansion, has begun. The facility will be ready by the end of this summer. The Learjet 85 will enter service in 2013, according to the spokeswoman.