Bombardier Celebrates a Century of Flight in Canada

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It has been one century since the first aircraft took off in Canada. A number of exciting initiatives have already been planned across the country to mark this exciting milestone. One of the first is the opening of a new exhibition at the Canada Aviation Museum located in Ottawa. The exhibition is entitled “Canadian Wings: A Remarkable Century of Flight.”

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Learjet 60

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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
Ceiling: 51,000′
Cruise altitude: 41,000′
Length: 58.69′
Wingspan: 43.79′
Height: 14.56′
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′
Crew: Two
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.

Bombardier

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In 1986, Bombardier entered the aircraft manufacturing business when it acquired Canadair, a manufacturer based in Canada. In 1989, it also acquired Short Brothers, a Northern Ireland manufacturer of military and civil aircraft, and defense systems. In 1990, Bombardier acquired Learjet Corporation, manufacturer of the Learjet business jet. Bombardier currently designs and manufactures the CRJ series of commercial airliners, smaller aircraft of around 50 seats. They also have a line of business aircraft, including the Learjet. The Bombardier Aerospace Bombardier 415 is an amphibious aircraft used for firefighting, search and rescue, surveillance, and for other purposes.

Middle East Business Aviation Expo

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Dubai is known as one of the most magnificent destinations in the world. Not only does it have a strong economy and stable infrastructure, but it is a city that seems to continue growing and has seen numerous breathtaking construction projects and challenges come to life. The tourism industry within Dubai is expanding every year and lures thousands of international visitors with its luxury hotels, attractions, shopping opportunities and exciting experiences offered. Dubai is also a major hub for business, and one of the most popular events on the aviation calendar, is the Middle East Business Aviation expo.

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Bombardier Aircraft Brakes Into History Books

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Bombardier Aerospace recently achieved another milestone in civil aviation: the use of an all-electric braking system. This achievement in civil aviation was announced to the public on October 28, 2008, not long after the first test flight was successfully performed.

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Bombardier’s CRJ1000 Prototype Flies Successfully

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Bombardier Aerospace recently announced that their CRJ1000 prototype enjoyed a successful inaugural flight. The CRJ1000 NextGen Jetliner took off from the Bombardier facility located in Mirabel, Quebec, for its first three hour, twenty-five minutes flight.

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Don’t Miss Jet Expo Moscow 2008

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Everybody who is anybody in the Russian aviation industry will likely be making an appearance at the Jet Expo Moscow 2008. Though the Jet Expo is still a relatively new event – having been conceived in 2006 and held annually since then – it continues to set the standard in Russian international business aviation exhibitions.

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Bombardier Unveils New Eco-Friendly Plane

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Canadian plane maker Bombardier recently announced its plans to launch a new aircraft – the eco-friendly CSeries single-aisle passenger jet. The fuel-efficient jet will be launched in 2013 and will no doubt prove to be in big demand with oil prices currently crippling a number of airlines.

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Bombardier Q400 Minimizes its Impact

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With increasing pressure on companies to take responsibility for their carbon footprint, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, along with Horizon Air, chose Earth Day on 22 April 2008 to reiterate the features and benefits of the popular Q400 turboprop – an airplane that is proving to be a top performer in its class, particularly with regard to its significantly reduced impact on the environment.

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Bombardier Challenger 890 for Corporate Travel

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Bombardier, leading manufacturer of innovative aircraft, have delivered the first Bombardier Challenger 890 to Suncor Energy Inc., a major North American oil sands developer with headquarters based in Calgary. The new Challenger 890 will join the Challenger 850 which has been in operation as a Suncor Energy corporate shuttle since March 2006. The addition of the new Challenger airplane is not only an indication of the company’s growth, but is also a reflection of their confidence in Bombardier to meet their transportation needs.

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