October 9, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
Production of the new Learjet 85 has begun following completion of the final critical design review. Teams in Wichita, Kan., Canada, Ireland, and Mexico are involved in the manufacturing validation phase.
“We have made solid progress,” said Ralph Acs, vice president and general manager of the Learjet product line. “Our manufacturing sites are ready, production has begun, we have been successfully building parts, and we are ensuring that all quality standards are met for the Learjet 85 aircraft’s entry into service in 2013.”
Production of wing spars and planks was launched this past spring in Belfast. There are 1,700 employees working on the Learjet 85. It was launched Oct. 30, 2007. The aircraft targets a Mach 0.82 high-speed cruise and a range of 3,000 nautical miles.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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