Still, we have a few brickbats:
Although Garmin is developing an auto-throttle system for the G5000 kits being fitted to the Citation Sovereign and the new Citation X, it's not available aboard the Learjet 75. We believe it should be optional, if not standard, considering the aircraft's price.
It's not easy to be smooth and precise with the nosewheel steering because there's little centering feedback through the rudder pedals. The Learjet 75's pitch and roll control force, unchanged from the Model 45, is ponderous by legacy Learjet standards.
No pilot's fingertips will confuse the Learjet 75 with Model 20 or 30 series Learjets. Even so, the Learjet 75 is a much stronger contender in the light to midsize jet class than its predecessor, the Model 45XR. It can operate from 10-12% shorter runways and it flies 4% farther than the Model 45 because of its new lower drag, canted winglets and reduced trim drag. It also has the most advanced cockpit and cabin environments of any Learjet yet produced.
Is it worth the money? Bombardier won't disclose its order book for the Model 75, but its extra pep, improved takeoff field performance, superbly capable avionics package and new cabin amenities surely enhance its appeal. Most of all, Bombardier's new aircraft offers classic Learjet loading flexibility. Fill the tanks, fill the seats and fly the mission.
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Learjet 75 Preliminary Specifications
|B&CA Equipped Price||$13,793,000|
|Engine||2 Honeywell TFE731-40BR|
|OAT°C||3,850 lb. ea./ISA+23C|
|Payload With Max Fuel||1,798/816|
|Fuel With Max Payload||5,750/2,608|
|Fuel With Executive Payload||6,260/2,840|
|Time to FL 370||15 min.|
|FAR Part 25 OEI Rate||NA|
|FAR Part 25 OEI Gradient||NA|
|Certification||FAR Part 25 pending|