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Beech Wind Tunnel tests *Learjet 85 model

learjet85June 15, 2009 – The Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel at Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research recently performed tests for the new Learjet 85 midsize business jet.


June 15, 2009
By Administrator
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Courtesy of Bombardier Learjet


 
   

June 15, 2009 – The Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel at Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research recently performed tests for the new Learjet 85 midsize business jet.

In May, Bombardier conducted low-speed testing at NIAR for the Learjet 85 aircraft with an eleven percent model.

The Beech Wind Tunnel is a state-of-the-art low speed wind tunnel with a 7x10x12 foot test section capable of reaching speeds of up to 240 mph. The tunnel is fully equipped with a high performance under-floor external balance, internal balances, real-time data acquisition software, an active heat exchanger, sting mount and flow visualization options.
For more information about the Beech Wind Tunnel or to schedule a test contact John Laffen at (316) 978-5481 or visit http://www.aero-labs.org.
 
NIAR's Composites & Advanced Materials Lab is also providing material testing and structural testing in support of the certification efforts associated with the Learjet 85 program. Through a long-term contract, NIAR will be involved in the FAA certification of the aircraft from the testing of coupon samples to the structural certification of full-scale components.
 
About the Learjet 85
Designed to provide a larger, more comfortable cabin than any existing midsize aircraft, the Learjet 85 business jet will offer eight passengers a stand-up cabin built to ensure superior productivity and comfort.

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307B engines, the aircraft engines each boast 6,100 lb. (2,772 kg) of take-off thrust, while the low-emission combuster offers reduced environmental impact. The clean-sheet Learjet 85 aircraft targets a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of up to 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km)*.

The new Learjet 85 aircraft flight deck combines advanced technology with superior design elements for a cockpit environment unlike any other midsize jet. The latest in technological advancements from Rockwell Collins – the new Pro Line Fusion avionics suite – is once again paired with superior design aesthetics to create the ultimate Learjet flight control environment.

The preceding article was approved for release by Bombardier Learjet.

The National Institute for Aviation Research is a prestigious state-of-the-art aerospace research and development laboratory with global reach and expertise in research, design, testing, and certification. The Institute’s clientele includes many of the world’s aerospace manufacturers, NASA and the FAA. It is the largest aviation R&D academic institution in America.  The National Institute for Aviation Research is an unincorporated division of Wichita State University.