The iconic Learjet 75 Liberty is a step up for light jet operators, a rescoped version that provides improved performance with an equivalent operating cost as its competition. This light business jet features the segment’s first private, quiet, and spacious executive suite beautifully designed for every passenger’s comfort.
In 1962, William Powell Lear, an American inventor and developer, founded Learjet Corporation, with its initial production aircraft delivered after two years. In 1990, Bombardier, a Canadian multinational manufacturer of business jets purchased the Learjet Corporation. It kept on adding to the fleet, along with the Learjet 75 in 2013.
However, ever since, the type has been in a state of no progress when it comes to newer models, not until recently. Anticipated to enter service this 2020, the developing Learjet 75 Liberty has so far had two samples sold for dedicated medical evacuation (medevac) aircraft service in Poland.
In June 2019, Bombardier launched the almost $10 million Learjet 75 Liberty to contest against rivals such as the Cessna CitationJet and Embraer Phenom 300. Deliveries are expected to take place this 2020, however the manufacturing company remains silent over the identity of any launch customer.
The Learjet 75 Liberty is certified with the Federal Aviation Administration stricter Part 25 regulations, pertinent to aircraft in the transport category and commercial airliners, compared with other rivals in its category that are only certified with FAA Part 23 regulations.
The aircraft is assembled in Wichita, Kansas, where the Learjet dream initially took to the sky.
Learjet 75 Liberty Design
The Learjet 75 Liberty features an upgraded and best in its class wing loading that gives the smoothest ride in the category of light jet aircraft. It has a wingspan of 15.5 meters and wing area of 28.7 square meters. It is designed with canted winglet that supported the aerodynamic efficiency. The Learjet 75 Liberty has an exterior length of 17.7 meters, height of 4.3 meters, and fuselage diameter of 1.6 meters. Its main landing gear has dual wheels to fearlessly approach every runway.
The aircraft went through strict safety testing and has been considered as the sole light jet in its category certified to safety standards of the industry. It has been tested and certified to hold out against the impact of a massive bird strike and also showcased the capability to safely fly with ice on usual protected surfaces compared to its rivals.
Learjet 75 Liberty Cockpit and Cabin
The Learjet 75 Liberty features the best designed cockpit of its kind, advancing technologies to reach the operational requirements. It is designed with the advanced Bombardier Vision flight deck, which composed of the newest Garmin G5000 avionics upgrade. The Garmin avionics suite has three high resolution fourteen inches displays. It is equipped with Synthetic Vision System (SVS) that uses artificial intelligence methods for pilots to have clear and intuitive means of comprehending the flying environment. It has triple integrated Flight Management System with graphical flight planning, advanced weather radar, and datalink capabilities.
The entrance and galley of a standard interior configuration has a cockpit closeout privacy curtain, galley with work surface, drainable ice drawer and microwave, and storage space for personal items of crew members and passengers. The lavatory is lit with natural sunlight, the in-cabin has a 0.4 cubic meter storage space, and has a 1.4 cubic meter heated baggage compartment.
The private, quiet, and spacious executive suite of the Learjet 75 Liberty has a true forward pocket door, two front-facing club seats in the forward cabin with ergonomic swivel and multi-position recline capability, segment-defining passenger legroom, stowable and oversized ottoman for excellent leg and knee support, extra-large concealable side tables, and electrical USB connectors, power outlets, reading lights and side ledges with recessed cup holders. The club suite features a spacious four-seat club layout with ergonomic swivel and multi-position recline capability, spacious passenger legroom, and large concealable side tables.
The Learjet 75 Liberty is powered by two Honeywell TFE731-40BR turbofan engines. Each engine has a maximum thrust of 3,850 lbf. The geared turbofan has a length of 1.26 meters and diameter of 1 meter.
The aircraft has a maximum range of 2,080 nautical miles, cruise speed of 465 knots, and service ceiling of 51,000 feet. The take off and landing distance are 1,353 meters and 709 meters respectively. It has a maximum take off weight of 9,752 kg, landing weight of 8,709 kg, and maximum payload of 1,316 kg.