Bombardier’s Skyjet block-charter program has recruited its first French operator with the arrival of a new Learjet 45 at the Paris Le Bourget headquarters of Aero Services. During a February 1 ceremony at the airport, the Canadian airframer also announced that it is negotiating to appoint Aero Services’ Portuguese parent company, Omni, its exclusive Learjet sales representative for both France and Portugal.
Bombardier Aerospace has named Landmark Aviation an authorized service facility (ASF) for Learjets and Challengers. It is the first ASF in the U.S. to service all of the OEM’s business aircraft lines. Landmark had previously held authorization to conduct maintenance on Globals.
As the launch customer for the new Learjet 40XR, Bombardier Flexjet announced the induction of the first three of the new type into the fractional provider’s fleet. Flexjet will take delivery of four more Learjet 40XRs by year-end. In the accompanying photo, Flexjet chief pilot Rick Handschurch welcomes the arrival of the first 40XR.
While its larger competitor NetJets saw profits vanish last year, fractional ownership operator Flexjet is reporting “our best year yet in terms of revenue and profitability.”
Learjet 35A, Eagle, Colo., July 15, 2005– The NTSB determined that the cause of the overrun was the pilot’s improper flare, resulting in a hard landing and fractured nose-gear attachment and subsequent loss of control. High speed on approach, improper planning and decision and the pilot’s inability to maintain directional control after the gear failure were factors.
Learjet 24B, Helendale, Calif., Dec. 23, 2003–According to the NTSB, the Pavair Learjet, on an IFR flight plan from San Bernardino County Airport (CNO) in Chino, Calif., to Hailey, Idaho, “departed controlled flight” and crashed.
Learjet 35, Philadelphia, March 22, 2006–As the Bankair Learjet N58EM was taking off at 2 a.m. from Philadelphia International Airport’s Runway 27L, the pilot lost control and the jet spun into the grass. The Learjet, registered to 58EM LLC of West Columbia, N.C., was on an IFR flight plan in VMC for Charlotte, N.C. The two pilots were not injured.
Bombardier Aerospace has appointed Landmark Aviation’s Los Angeles facility an authorized service center for Bombardier Learjets and Challengers. According to Dave Orcutt, vice president for customer support at Bombardier Business Aircraft, “Landmark was previously approved to work on the Global, making it the only ASF in the U.S. to service all three lines of Bombardier aircraft.
In response to its growing worldwide fleet, Bombardier continues to expand its product-support capacity. Most recently the company has implemented 24/7 operation at all of its customer action centers. Concurrently, it has instituted an around-the-clock hotline for contacting Learjet, Challenger and Global field service representatives (FSRs).
The Bombardier Learjet 40 and 60 have been attracting attention after one Learjet 60 operator recently raised word of a potential fire hazard that exists whenever power is applied to the aircraft battery charging bus.