Hot off the runway and causing an industry stir is Bombardier’s new Learjet 85, which is scheduled for delivery in 2013. The slick new aircraft, assembled in Wichita, Kan., is constructed almost exclusively of composite materials, promising increased aerodynamic efficiency, easier repair and maintenance, and a longer plane life.

The aircraft has seating for up to eight passengers and a range of up to 3,000 nautical miles. As the largest Learjet available, the cabin interior features 30” of legroom and double club seating that fully reclines, making the comfort of the passenger a top priority.

The Bombardier cockpit includes a state-of-the-art avionics system designed to reduce demands on the pilot. Thanks to advanced navigation equipment, pilots have instant access to graphical flight planning, weather conditions, and enhanced maps right at their fingertips. The ultra-efficient PW307B engine provides increased fuel efficiency and decreased noise output.

Other appointments include a Cabin Management System (CMS) with wireless cabin controls, plus luxury features like an iridium phone and XM satellite radio capability. The ergonomic interior also includes personalized LED lighting and a large galley space.

Take it for a virtual test flight to get ready for the Learjet 85 release in 2013.