Learjet 75

By Fred George fred_george@aviationweek.com
Source: Business & Commercial Aviation

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
Wing Loading69.0
Power Loading2.79
Noise (EPNdB)75.5/85.1/93.4
Dimensions (ft./m)
Width (Maximum)5.0/1.5
Width (Floor)3.2/1.0
Engine2 Honeywell TFE731-40BR
Output/Flat Rating
OAT°C3,850 lb. ea./ISA+23C
CZI6,000 hr.
Weights (lb./kg)
Max Ramp21,750/9,866
Max Takeoff21,500/9,752
Max Landing19,200/8,709
Zero Fuel16,000/7,258c
Max Payload2,110/957
Useful Load7,860/3,565
Executive Payload1,600/726
Max Fuel6,062/2,750
Payload With Max Fuel1,798/816
Fuel With Max Payload5,750/2,608
Fuel With Executive Payload6,260/2,840
FL/VmoFL 270/330
Time to FL 37015 min.
FAR Part 25 OEI RateNA
FAR Part 25 OEI GradientNA
Ceilings (ft./m)
All-Engine Service44,700/13,625
Engine-Out Service27,900/8,504
Sea-Level Cabin25,700/7,833
CertificationFAR Part 25 pending

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