Learjet 60 S/N 36The History behind this Exclusive Jet
The Learjet 60 is a mid-size cabin, medium-range business jet aircraft manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace in Wichita, Kansas. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305A engines, it has a range (with 4 passengers and 2 crew) of 2,405 nautical miles (4,454 km) with NBAA 100 nmi (190 km) reserves, ISA. In July 2012 Bombardier Aerospace announced a temporary “production pause” of the latest variant Learjet 60XR to begin in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The Learjet 60 is an improved version of the Learjet 55, with a longer fuselage and more powerful turbofan engines. It first flew on 10 October 1990 and received FAA certification in January 1993.
The modifications that converted the Learjet Model 55 into a Model 60 resulted from an aerodynamics improvement program and a need to increase the capacity of the Learjet product line. Several of these modifications were a first for Learjet, including an all-new inboard wing cuff added to the inboard sections of the “Longhorn” wing and an all-new wing-to-body fairing. By increasing the wing chord and the leading edge droop, the wing cuff improved handling during approach and landing, while the wing-to-body fairing reduced the interference drag between the wing and the fuselage. Since the engines were new for this aircraft, a new engine pylon had to be designed.
Comfort & Size
The Model 55 entered production in 1980 and 147 were manufactured. It mated the wing of the Learjet Model 28/29 Longhorn with an expanded Model 35 fuselage. Bombardier acquired Learjet in 1990. The 60 first flew in 1991 and customer deliveries began in 1993. While the 60 has undergone various interior and avionics changes over the years, notably the SE and current XR models, the fuselage remains largely unchanged. Between 1993 and 2005, when Bombardier introduced the successor Model 60SE, it manufactured 274 Model 60s.
The Learjet 60 uses the Integrated Pro Line 4 avionics system. It is controlled centrally by an IAPS (Integrated Avionics Processing System), which links to all of the other flight systems and controls. The displays are consolidated into four large-format electronic displays for a sleek, modern control panel layout. The IAPS contains a flight guidance system and FMS for short-range navigation. An Automatic AlliedSignal digital cabin pressurization system regulates cabin pressure throughout the flight without any need for pilot input – one only needs to input the elevation of the destination, and the system controls the rest.
Cabin width is a fraction under six feet. The standard cabin layout features five single executive slide/swivel seats, a two-place side-facing divan opposite the entry door, a small forward galley with space for a microwave and an ice drawer, a forward closet and a rear lavatory. Inside the cabin, the closet provides 24 cubic feet of storage; an equal amount is in the baggage compartment aft of the lavatory.
Learjet 60 S/N 36N44EL
The airplane has received a variety of aerodynamic refinements, including winglets that improved efficiency, performance and handling over the 55. Largely because of its spry climb time, the 60 has the lowest direct hourly operating costs in its class. (The faster you get to cruise altitude, the less fuel you burn.).