Bombardier to Debut Learjet 75, Adds New U.S. Support Team, Supersonic jet start-up makes public splash, but faces early redesign + MORE Mar 4th

Bombardier to Debut Learjet 75

Bombardier will publicly showcase its Learjet 75 business jet for the first time during a special upcoming demonstration tour of  Latin America between March 4 and March 28.

The Canadian airframe manufacturer completed the first deliveries of the Learjet 70 and 75 in December.

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Massachusetts start-up Spike Aerospace acknowledges a redesign and a re-engining may be necessary to achieve certification of the supersonic S-512 business jet concept unveiled to the public earlier this year.

One of several ongoing attempts to field a supersonic-class business jet, the original concept released by Spike founder Vik Kachoria gained wide public attention, despite several unusual features that seem to preclude high-speed flight and certification.

For example, Spike claims the S-512 will achieve a top speed of Mach 1.6, but the aircraft lacks area ruling features that enable efficient supersonic flight.

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AIN Blog: General Aviation Often Ignored by Study Panels

I often get the feeling that general aviation is the red-headed stepchild in government’s view of the aerospace industry. With apologies to the late Rodney Dangerfield, GA seems to get no respect from the federal government. There have been three comprehensive studies on aviation in the past quarter century, and a few others on narrower topics. General aviation is usually relegated to an afterthought, if thought of at all.

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