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Learjet 85 development program moves to next phase

Development of Bombardier Aerospace‘s Learjet 85 has moved from the detail design stage to the build, test and validate phase, the company said today in a program update.

About 1,300 Bombardier employees are working on the program at Bombardier facilities in Wichita; Montreal; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Queretaro, Mexico.

In April, Bombardier completed the critical design review, an achievement the company hails as a major product development milestone.

In Wichita, construction of a facility for the Learjet 85′s final assembly line has begun. It’s the first of four site expansions.

Suppliers are also preparing to take on work and commissioning the systems test rigs that allow them to exercise their systems and identify and take any corrective action before supplying parts to the final assembly line in Wichita.

In Montreal, employees are completing the last production drawings for the test aircraft, while Belfast workers have built the first production wing spars and are producing the wing skins. Both will be shipped to the Queretaro for final wing assembly.

Parts production has begun at the Mexico Manufacturing Center in Queretaro, and production of the majority of the composite parts for the first aircraft is under way.

The Learjet 85 is positioned between the midsize Learjet 60 XR and the super midsize Challenger 300. It is scheduled to enter service in 2013.