Integrated rear locker gets STC to give new life to classic Learjet
The Lear 60 is a great twinjet with tons of fans, but if it has a weakness compared to more modern rivals it’s that when loaded towards its 9-passenger maximum complement it quickly runs short of baggage space. It’s speedy and nimble, not a heavy hauler.
Aftermarket gurus Raisbeck Engineering have been working on a solution since 2009 to give owners and operators a major step up in bag capacity – an external rear belly locker which integrates beautifully with the fuselage and looks every bit a standard design feature.
After final test flights in March, Raisbeck recently received FAA Supplementary Type Certification of the new Aft Fuselage Locker (AFL), which is now available for fitment to existing aircraft via the firm’s dealer network.
It hands the Lear 60 an extra 28ft3 of external luggage space, more than doubling the standard jet’s 24ft3 of stored baggage space and giving an overall 51% increase of luggage space to 83ft3.
The locker has two separate compartments with a total length of 12ft and a weight capacity of 210lb/95kg. The forward section is 8ft long, the aft 4ft, so there’s plenty of length for skis, golf clubs, and snowboards etc.
The overall exterior dimension with fairings is 22ft long, and installed weight is 276lb/125kg. The shift of overall CofG rearwards and the aerodynamic shaping of the locker means both trim drag and overall drag is reduced.
Access doors are on the same left side as the standard baggage locker access, and the locker is watertight and has a fire detection system installed. Internal temperatures are consistent with the standard locker, dipping no lower Raisbeck say than 10°F.
Raisbeck boss James Raisbeck said: “Raisbeck engineers have worked continuously on the Lear 60 Aft Fuselage Locker Project since January 2009, a time span of five and a half years.
“The team has poured personal energy into this effort from its very beginning, and I am very proud of their successful efforts to bring you the very best, no-compromise system that ingenuity can bring, not to mention the financial investment such a program represents.”
The cost of the AFL is $298,000, which Raisbeck say will almost all go on to the aircraft’s residual value, and installation takes around three weeks.