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« on: December 22, 2003, 09:43:25 PM »
The new Ministerial Air Transport Service (MATS) jet, the Learjet 45, featured on both TV3 and RTE News this evening.
The report was 2-3 mins long and showed film of both the inside (c/w tan leather seating) and outside of the 8-seater jet.

It was shown parked alongside the current MATS jet, the Gulfstream IV, outside the 101 Sqdn/MATS hangar in Casement Aerodrome.

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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2003, 10:42:17 PM »
I agree n-e-foo, that's part of the reason a twin-engined prop aircraft should have replaced the King Air - the second reason being to allow twin rating on it rather using the CASA's for additional training duties.

But Bertie & Co. don't care about training etc. once they are comfortable in their new jet  ':angry:'

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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2003, 09:48:06 PM »
Silver,

what will happen to the Gulfstream IV  ??

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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2003, 12:15:59 PM »
As I said in on the general topic board the Lear is U/S already, bet Bombardier are treading on pins at the mo!
It was nothing major but still, it shouldnt break straight out of the box like that.

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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2003, 09:55:36 PM »
It will be retained and remain as the primary Presidential/Govt jet.

The Learjet was (supposedly !) purchased to replace the King Air in the MATS role.

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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2003, 10:29:54 PM »
Because its replacing the KingAir - is this Lear jet suitable for short hops around the country? given that that was one of reasons behind the fact that the GIV supposedly wasnt/isnt in the best shape?