October 20, 2009
By Thomas A. Horne
Bombardier’s Learjet 60XR will now feature a choice between two new “Signature Series” interior design schemes.
The Signature Series Red interior has a six-seat cabin, a completely redesigned galley, and an aft lavatory with more counter space. The seats swivel and translate, and are fully berthing. The new interior also has more legroom than in previous versions of the 60XR. The Signature Red interior can be equipped with high-speed broadband Internet access, which allows simultaneous connectivity with wireless devices. Satphone communication is another option.
The Signature Black interior has a four-place club seating arrangement, along with a two-place side-facing divan in the forward cabin. This interior is long on creature comforts, with an optional media center with a 24-inch, swiveling flat screen monitor, Bose headsets, and provisions for gaming consoles and a Blu-Ray player. The media center is located opposite the side-facing divan. The Black interior can also have Internet access, wireless connectivity, and a Satphone. The Black interior’s new self-serve galley is based on design input from the in-development Learjet 85, and has an espresso machine, ice storage, a microwave or warming oven, and fold-down work surfaces.
Both Red and Black interiors are long on dark wood veneers, and have aisles 15 inches wide. The whole idea is to bring the feel of a large-cabin jet to the mid-size Lear 60XR. The 23,500-pound max takeoff weight Learjet 60XR has a high-speed cruise of 0.81 Mach/466 knots true airspeed, a maximum range of 2,405 nautical miles, and a maximum operating altitude of 51,000 feet.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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