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Learjet 75 Now FAA-Certified

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The Learjet 75 has completed FAA certification, Bombardier has announced. The jet was introduced in May 2012 at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva. It's based on the fuselage of the Learjet 45, with new Honeywell engines and winglets, plus a new interior and an updated flight deck. About two dozen of the airplanes have reportedly been sold to Flexjet, but the first copy has been delivered to a private owner, a businessman based in Florida. Five more will go to a Canadian charter operator.

The jet carries eight passengers in double-club seating. Maximum range is 2,040 nm at cruise speeds up to Mach 0.81. New Honeywell TFE731-40BR engines provide a 12 percent improvement in takeoff field length, according to Bombardier. New Garmin G5000 avionics are featured in the Vision flight deck, with widescreen displays and touchscreen controls.

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