MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2012) -
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Bombardier Aerospace's Learjet 75 jet continues to achieve its development milestones with the first powering up of the aircraft's electrical systems on the Wichita production line. Aircraft power, including to the new Bombardier Vision flight deck, was switched on during the week of August 21, 2012, as the aircraft progresses towards its 2013 entry-into-service.
"This is a fantastic achievement that highlights the tremendous efforts of every single person involved with this project," said Ralph Acs, Vice President and General Manager, Learjet, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "This milestone represents a significant step forward for our Learjet aircraft family, as we were able to seamlessly integrate the Learjet 75 jet into our production flow. More importantly, this aircraft, our very first complete Learjet 75 aircraft, will play a pivotal role in the certification program.
"We have seen major changes to the aircraft's wiring harness to accommodate the Garmin avionics, the heart of this totally new Bombardier Vision flight deck arrangement," added Acs. "Not only did this require tremendous dedication from our Wichita team, but such a feat would not have been possible without our Belfast and Toronto sites."
The Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 test aircraft are continuing their development work as the program moves forward. There will be a total of five flight test aircraft: a modified Learjet 40 XR jet and a modified Learjet 45 XR aircraft are flying and focusing on avionics certification; a modified Learjet 45 XR jet will be used primarily for the interior and cabin management system; an existing Learjet 45 XR aircraft will be modified and utilised for testing and validating the performance improvements; and finally, the first production Learjet 75 aircraft.
A breakthrough in business aviation, the Bombardier Vision flight deck is designed to deliver a completely new cockpit experience by combining the best in technological advancements with superior design aesthetics. As such, it provides pilots flying the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft an unprecedented level of control and comfort. The Bombardier Vision flight deck for Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft will feature the fully integrated Garmin G5000 digital avionics suite, designed with leading edge technology and one of the most intuitive crew interfaces available.
Learjet 70 aircraft: The Learjet 70 aircraft offers unrivalled interior design aesthetics blended effortlessly with the latest technology. The cockpit features the peerless Bombardier Vision flight deck, and this aircraft can fly a range of more than 2,000 nm (3,704 km)*. It retains the classic Learjet lines and legendary performance, and as such, can connect Seattle with Montréal*.
Learjet 75 aircraft: The Learjet 75 jet features the pioneering Bombardier Vision flight deck with an interior influenced by its bigger stablemate, the Learjet 85 aircraft. This jet will soar above the traffic with a maximum altitude of 51,000 ft. (15,545 m), is capable of flying more than 2,000 nm (3,704 km) and is able to fly nonstop from Wichita to Bermuda*.
Bombardier is the world's only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.
Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, we posted revenues of $18.3 billion USD. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.
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