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Bombardier receives FAA approval for first test flight of Learjet 85

Montreal-based aerospace firm did not provide target date for first test flight of all new business jet

MONTREAL—Bombardier Aerospace said it has received the first flight test permit from United States aviation regulators for its new Learjet 85 aircraft.

According to the Bombardier Inc. subsidiary, it will soon begin test flights of the new business jet after obtaining the permit from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“We have successfully completed preliminary testing on the Learjet 85 and we are now one step closer in achieving the first flight,” Ralph Acs, vice-president and general manager of the Learjet 85 program at Bombardier, said in a release.

Bombardier said engine run and low-speed taxi testing have been successfully completed on the flight test vehicle, and it will conduct further engine runs and high-speed taxi tests before the first flight.

No target date for the first test flight was provided by Bombardier.

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