Bombardier is kicking off the long-awaited flight-test program for its first mostly composite business jet, the Learjet 85, with the April 9 first flight from Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport. The aircraft, flight test vehicle one (FTV1), departed at 8:19 CST and flew for 2 hr. and 15 min., reaching an altitude of 30,000 ft. and speed of 250 kts.  Bombardier says the flight controls performed as expected. Bombardier received the flight-test permit from FAA in February and had hoped ...

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