Learjet 60 Features
“When it comes to pure climbing power, the Learjet 60 is hard to beat,” writes Business Jet Traveler about the Learjet 60. “This airplane doesn’t just take off—it blasts off.” That’s thanks to the jet’s two Pratt & Whitney PW305A turbofan engines, which each produce 4,600 lbs. of thrust and help reduce noise level but are capable of pushing their performance to 5,225 lbs. The aircraft can climb to a cruise level of 43,000 feet in less than 14 minutes with its full maximum takeoff weight of 23,500 lbs., and can reach a high-cruise speed of 525 mph. It has a range of 2,310 nautical miles with NBAA IFR when carrying four passengers.
The mid-size jet is extremely fuel efficient. It burns an average 203 gallons of fuel per hour, which is comparable to a light jet. During design, Bombardier utilized NASA/Boeing Tranair computational fluid dynamics software to pinpoint locations on the jet’s exterior that caused excessive drag, resulting in an extremely aerodynamic business jet.
Compared to previous Learjet models, the Learjet 60 has a heavier wing load, which increases stability and provides smoother flights, even during turbulence. A nose wheel steering system and stronger breaks make handling easier when the jet is on the ground.