Bombardier is readying the Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) of the new Learjet 85 for its maiden flight. The Canadian company already completed engine runs and low-speed taxiing tests; the FAA’s flight test permit has been obtained on 19 February 2014.
During the final testing stage in preparation for first flight, the Learjet 85 aircraft program team will finalize the configuration of the aircraft and conduct further engine runs and high-speed taxi tests.
“With a customer-driven clean-sheet design, the Learjet 85 aircraft will be the most spacious and fastest aircraft in its category”, writes a Bombardier press spokesperson. “The Learjet 85 aircraft flight deck combines advanced technology, with superior design elements for a cockpit environment unlike any other midsize jet. The latest in technological advancements and superior design aesthetics from the Bombardier Vision flight deck offer pilots the most sophisticated cockpit in its class.”
Taking a look at the more raw material we notice the Learjet 85 is aiming to have a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a range of about 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km). The aircraft will have a build-in ethernet network (internet) and a digital amplifier for a speaker hi-fi system inside the cabin.