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I was in Wichita all week last week, for some avionics ground testing. The long-awaited first flight of the Lear 85 occurred while we were there, but we didn’t see it as we were beavering away doing testing on an avionics test rig.

Saturday the weather was quite nice, and I found pretty smooth air at altitude, so I took advantage to do some cruise performance testing. I’ve had the impression that the aircraft was slightly faster with the new four pipe exhaust system, but hadn’t gathered any hard cruise performance data until this last flight. I need to crunch the data and convert it to standard weight, altitude and temperature so I can compare it to my previous results. But, I need to finish my taxes first, so the data crunching is on the back burner for now.

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