The Bombardier Learjet 60 XR, as with all Learjets, is synonymous with luxury and class. The Learjet 60 XR is a mid-size jet that requires a crew of two and can cruise at an altitude of 41,000′. The eight-passenger airplane has a cabin large enough to stand up in and an aisle that runs for the plane’s length between seats.
Standard with every Learjet 60 XR are dual anti-skid brakes and dual wheels for the main landing gear. The braking system is an improvement over previous braking systems used in older Learjets. Refueling of the aircraft can be completed in about ten minutes.
In flight, the crew is not required to do any serious fuel management, even on long-distance trips. Bombardier engineers designed the Learjet 60 XR to use a bleed air anti-ice system instead of the more common liquid de-icing systems or de-icing boots. For its avionics system, the jet uses the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21. The main instrument panel’s Radio Tuning Unit will generate essential EFIS displays on emergency battery power in the event of a power failure.
Several option packages are available with the Learjet 60 XR. One is the Enhanced Weather Detection Package. It includes the Rockwell Collins TWR-850 Enhanced Weather Radar that warns the crew of embedded turbulence in any nearby rain cells. Pilots can also receive advance warnings about icing conditions and thunderstorms.
Maximum speed: Mach 0.81
Cruise speed: Mach 0.79
Range: 2,451 nautical miles
Cruise altitude: 41,000′
Maximum weight: 23,500′
Empty weight: 14,985 pounds
Engine(s): Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305A turbofans for 4,600 pounds of thrust
Rate of climb: 2,158′ per minute
Take off distance: 5,450′
Passengers: Up to eight
Another option for Learjet buyers is the Enhanced Situational Awareness Package. This equipment package is designed to enhance a pilot’s situational awareness outside the airplane, even in poor visibility due to bad weather or darkness. Flight plans are displayed in 3D maps with real-time progress of the Learjet 60 XR. Maps include detailed information such as restricted airspace and national boundaries. The XM Graphical Weather System can be programmed to only show weather and other information specific to the United States.