Lear 60 Sets World Speed Record In South Africa | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 03.23.17

Airborne
03.27.17

Airborne
03.28.17

Airborne
03.29.17

Airborne
03.23.17

Airborne 03.24.17

Airborne-Unmanned 03.28.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 03.23.17

Airborne
03.27.17

Airborne
03.28.17

Airborne
03.29.17

Airborne
03.23.17

Airborne 03.24.17

Airborne-Unmanned 03.28.17

Mon, Sep 25, 2006

Lear 60 Sets World Speed Record In South Africa

Flies Cape Town-Johannesburg RT In Under Three Hours

It ain't braggin' if you can do it... and that lesson is not lost on Bombardier. Sunday, a nearly-new South African Learjet 60 midsize jet set a world speed record for its class, flying from Cape Town to Johannesburg, round trip, in two hours, 59 minutes. The flight was fully sanctioned by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI).

"The aircraft performed superbly as expected," said Terry Redman, chief pilot and director for The Aviation Co., the aircraft's operator. "We took off from Cape Town at 10:00, local time, and quickly climbed to 37,000 feet) to avoid turbulence and traffic. The first leg to Johannesburg took just one hour, 24 minutes.

"The aircraft's performance was put to the test against the wind on the return leg to Cape Town, arriving only one hour and 35 minutes later," Redman added. "The aircraft handled beautifully throughout the flight and the roundtrip time easily establishes the benchmark speed standard for this trip."

In customer service since June 2006, the Learjet 60 aircraft -- owned by Skyros Properties of Cape Town -- cruised at Mach 0.81 throughout the flight, until it clocked-in with the Cape Town International Airport tower at 13:35 local, where its 2,000-foot (610 m) flyover confirmed its impressive time and speed.

The Learjet 60 then performed several low passes as part of the flying display at the Africa Aerospace and Defence show... landing just in time to be in the spotlight -- along with a Bombardier Global 5000 business jet -- at an executive reception.

National Aeronautical Association (NAA) official Frank Eckhart was on board the plane during the flight, and validated the speed record with the help of two GPS devices installed specifically for the record attempt. The NAA will submit the record to the FAI in Paris, France, for international ratification.

Upon touchdown, owner Dr. Gaston Savoi, chairman of Skyros Management, Skyros Health, and Intaka Investments, greeted his aircraft and crew.

"We are delighted with our Learjet 60," said Dr. Savoi. "It has proven itself as an essential tool to travel between our various companies' branches and affiliates in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Angola and Tanzania."

FMI: www.bombardier.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 03.27.17: Continental Motors ‘Overhaul’, Amazon Rotor, SpaceX DroneShip

Also: Boom Supersonic, Boeing 747-8, Boeing Grant, IKE's 300,000th, Rocket Lab, Duncan Aviation, Xplorer Mini Continental Motors seems to have a lot of faith in the future of aviat>[...]

Airborne 03.28.17: Dynon ADS-B/WX Recvrs, B-29 'Doc' Touring!, Atlanta Tech

Also: Safety Focus, Aero-Calendar, Mechanic Pay, Alaska Airlines, GAMA, CA Aviation Hall Of Fame, Gogo Biz 4G Dynon’s new dual band SV-ADSB-472 receives ADS-B traffic via 978>[...]

Racing Aircraft 'Hot Stuff' Involved In Runway Accident Won't Be Racing

Scratches The Airplane From National Air Race In Reno The iconic World Cup winner and Formula 1 Air Racer "Hot Stuff", flown by Thom Richard will not be participating in the 2017 R>[...]

The European Union And South Asia Strengthen Ties In Civil Aviation

New Technical Cooperation Project Managed By EASA Unveiled The European Union (EU) and South Asian states recently celebrated the launch of a new project to enhance their ties in c>[...]

AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD Number: 2017-06-09 Product: Certain Boeing Model 787-8 airplanes.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC