Bombardier builds composite test unit for Learjet 85
Bombardier Aerospace has completed the first all-composite test unit for the Learjet 85. The aircraft will be entirely made from composites and is due to be delivered to customers in 2013.
The manufacturing validation unit will be used to test designs, manufacturing techniques and quality. It was built in Montreal, where Bombardier designed the aircraft, using tools from the company’s plant in Querétaro, Mexico, where all Learjet 85s will be built.
“This is another crucial step towards the start of production of the first Learjet 85 aircraft,” said Ralph Acs, vice president: Learjet 85, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Our next step will be to apply what we learn from this first manufacturing validation unit to the second unit, in order to confirm our technology readiness.”
The production tooling equipment, which weighs 45,000 pounds (20,412 kg), will be moved to the Mexico plant, where a second manufacturing unit will be made.
“This achievement is a further illustration of our commitment to developing more efficient aircraft using composite structures,” said François Caza, vice president and chief engineer: Bombardier Aerospace.
Bombardier will start building test aircraft later this year.