Bombardier Learjet 45
The Bombardier Learjet 45 is a light jet (super light jet) built by Learjet, Inc. a subsidiary of Bombardier Aerospace. The Learjet 45 aircraft was launched by Bombardier in 1992. The Bombardier Learjet 45 first flight occurred on October 7, 1995. The Learjet 45 first flight took place exactly 32 years after the first Learjet's first flight. On September 22, 1997 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the Learjet 45 type certificate clearing the way for the aircraft to enter the market. Learjet delivered the first Learjet 45 in January 1998. On July 21, 2002 Bombardier Learjet launched the Learjet 45 XR. The Learjet 45 XR was basically a Learjet 45 with new, better performing engines that allow for greater performance.
The Bombardier Learjet 45 is the first business jet designed fully with CAD technology and then manufactured with computer controlled machines (mostly). The original Learjet 45 is powered by two Honeywell TFE 731-20AR turbofan engines, that are mounted in the tail section of the Learjet 45. The Learjet 45 XR uses the new and improved Honeywell TFE 731-20BR Engines. Original Learjet 45s are eligible for an upgrade to the new engines, giving old Learjet 45s, Learjet 45 XR performance.
Learjet 45 avionics are powered by Honeywell's Primus 1000 avionics suite. The Learjet 45 has 4 screens for displaying information. Two displays are the primary flight displays and the other two serves as multi-function displays.
The Learjet 45 is known for it's great performance and capabilities as light business jet. To learn more about the Learjet 45 and the Learjet 45 XR visit the other Learjet 45 information pages on the site.
Learjet 45 Program Update: On May 14, 2012 at EBACE, Bombardier announced the new version of the Learjet 45, the Bombardier Learjet 75. The Learjet 75 will replace the Learjet 45 in the Learjet product line and the Learjet 75 will be available in 2013. This officially marks the end of the Learjet 45 production by Bombardier. It is unknown if the Learjet 45 will still be produced in 2012. More information on the Learjet 75 will be posted later.