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Learjet 45 XR Jet Sets the Pace for Reno Air Racers


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Bombardier Aerospace today announced that its Learjet 45 XR demonstrator aircraft is the official pace plane for the 47th annual National Championship Air Races, which are taking place from September 15 to 19 in Reno, Nevada.

“This is a Learjet pilot’s dream come true,” said Rick Rowe, Chief Pilot, Learjet Flight Operations, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Learjet name is synonymous with speed and performance, so setting the pace at an event like Reno really reinforces that image. The Learjet 45 XR provides the perfect combination of speed and stability to support the races in this very critical role.”

The role of the pace plane is to lead a formation of race aircraft to the start line. The pace aircraft must be stable and very maneuverable at both low and high speeds to give each racer an equal entry onto the race course at the start. The pace aircraft must take off and fly slowly (160kts) so that as many as eight race aircraft have time to depart from the airport and join the formation. The aircraft must then accelerate to near race speeds in limited airspace and time to bring the formation to the start line.

The National Championship Air Races, first held in Reno in 1964, bring together thousands of aviation and sports enthusiasts from around the world. Race and Airshow participants include astronauts, airline pilots, military and civilian aviators.

Learjet 45 XR aircraft: When compared to its closest competitor, the eight-to-nine passenger Learjet 45 XR aircraft flies faster and farther, with more passengers.* A model of efficiency, the Learjet 45 XR aircraft burns 11 per cent less fuel when flying from Reno to Chicago with a full passenger load** and its superior fuel-saving capabilities mean the aircraft can fly non-stop from Reno to Atlanta with eight passengers, a mission that its nearest competitor is not able to achieve.** The Learjet 45 XR aircraft passenger cabin area is approximately 15 inches (38 cm) longer and features the only double-club seating configuration in its class, making it the perfect business tool for charter and fractional operators.

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Statements about performance and design as stated in this document are subject to operation conditions at time of flight.

*Segment is largely determined by a combination of cabin volume, range and price. For further information please see Bombardier Aerospace Business Aircraft Market Forecast 2010-2029 at

** Under certain operating conditions

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