Learjet 45XR Review
The Lear 45 was first certified in 1998 under FAR Part 25, transport category rules, almost identical to the safety standards required for Boeing 777s. This choice of standard over the usual, less stringent Part 23 was intentional. This Lear was intended to operate with the big boys in terms of system redundancy and design strength.
This model was striving for the full cabin look and was a successful attempt to get away from the “flying pencil” appearance and experience of the very early Learjet models. It is an attractive aircraft that is backed-up by the decades long life experience of its ancestors. The Learjet was one of the very first business jets and this model was a logical extension of that distinguished line.
Well over five hundred copies of the two models have been produced and are flying, making this aircraft a common sight in the skies. Their relatively large population also means that there is a better supply of parts and trained maintenance people ready to support the owner and operator.
The first Lear 45XM was produced in 2004 with the addition of iTFE731-20-BR engines, flat-rated at 3,500 pounds of thrust at a much higher104 degrees F, than the original Lear 45’s rating of 86 degrees F. This power increase solved a number of problems that existed in the earlier Lear 45s. It upped the aircraft’s gross weight a thousand pounds making it more of a work horse. The increase also helped flight safety …