Bombardier Learjet 60XR
Bombardier’s midsize Learjet 60XR is the last iteration of the legacy of Learjets. This legacy derives from a long line of aircraft developed by Bill Lear in 1963, beginning with the original Lear 23. The 60XR rounds out Learjet’s generation of turbofan-powered aircraft. It is an improved version of the 60, boasting a more space-efficient interior. The redesigned model took its first flight in early 2006, and it remains a strong competitor in the medium-range business jet category.Based on the large-cabin 55 series, the Learjet 60XR increased in size and performance value. It is the first of the line to use PW305 turbofan engines instead of General Electric engine models. The Pratt & Whitney of Canada PWC305A have 4,600 lbs of thrust each. They have an inspection interval of 6,000 hours.With such powerful engines, the Learjet excels in performance against competitors in its class. It can out-climb any mid-size jet, capable of a staggering 6,000 or greater feet per minute (FPM) climb. It can reach Mach 0.81 and is certified at a 51,000 feet flight ceiling. One might think that fuel efficiency would suffer when accommodating such high performance specifications, but the 60 Model surpasses in that category as well.