The best of the light jets with Learjet technology and tradition.
By Nathaniel Stillman
The latest light business jet from Canadian aerospace giant Bombardier was launched earlier this year to great acclaim. The Learjet 75 borrows technology from larger, more powerful models of the same brand, such as the Learjet 85. The company claims the new aircraft combines its long tradition of excellence with the latest technology and design.
Learjet 75 has the capacity to comfortably accommodate eight passengers and two crew members. It reaches speeds of 850 km/h (465 KTAS), and its maximum flight range is 3,778 km (2,040 nautical miles), which means it can travel non-stop from Los Angeles to Toronto or from Mumbai to Bangkok. The cabin is 1.56 meters wide (5-foot-one-inch) and 1.50 meters high (4 feet and 11 inches). The pressurization is 2,438 m (8,000 feet) at maximum cruising altitude.
The interior of the Learjet 75 is inspired on the Learjet 85, but it surpasses the latter in some noticeable features, like the comfortable design of the large leather passenger seats. Each has an individual seven-inch monitor, which allows passengers to watch movies, download music via satellite, or control the LED lighting throughout the cabin. If the passenger prefers to optimize his/her flight time preparing for business, a (20 x 25 inches) folding worktable transforms the individual compartment into a comfy office.
According to Bombardier this plane’s storage capacity is 30% greater than its predecessor’s. There is a small area to store food, drinks and utensils. Next to it, and separated by solid panel doors, there is a bathroom with a mirror, sink, and a toilet with external service, equipped with a safety belt.
The company assures us the jet's navigation system meets the latest requirements to reduce the pilot's workload, and improve concentration during flight. The completely integrated Garmin G5000 system was designed with cutting edge technology, and features one of the most intuitive interfaces available in the market.
Another accomplishment of the Learjet 75: low maintenance cost. The program calls for inspections only every 600 flight-hours. ■