Bombardier Picks PW&C For Lear 85

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Bombardier has announced that its composite Lear 85 will be powered by Pratt and Whitney Canada PW307B engines. The PW307B puts out 6,100 lbs. of thrust. The engine is being touted for its environmental performance as well. Lear GM David Coleal said it offers low noise and emissions and is more efficient than engines of comparable power. "Our new alliance builds on this success to offer an aircraft and powerplant solution that will deliver exceptional value for operators, featuring superior performance combined with reduced emission levels and low noise," Coleal (former chief operating officer of Cirrus Design) said.

The Lear 85 is Bombardier's first effort at a composite airframe and it's getting Grob Aerospace to do most of the developmental work. In addition to the engine announcement. Lear named the supplier of the brushless starting motors for the engines. Innovative Power Solutions will supply the starter/generator combination that it says lasts longer and works better under varying conditions.