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Northern Jet Management Receives Award for Speed Record

NBAA Convention 2016

As company transitions aircraft in fractional program, world speed record is set

Northern Jet Management, one of the nation’s largest Learjet operators recognized nationally for its safety record, set a world speed record from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Naples, Florida in a Bombardier Learjet 45XR aircraft on April 10, 2016.  The speed over the recognized course was 492.50 mph. 

The Bombardier Learjet 45XR was piloted by Andy Heemstra and Steve Edmondson, two of Northern Jet Management’s crew members.  The world speed record attempt followed the normal flight path from Grand Rapids to Naples.  “This record-setting project was designed to highlight our ability to safely and efficiently transport our customers from the Midwest to Southern Florida in less than 3 hours, and it was an honor to be a part of it,” said Captain Andy Heemstra.

This fall at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention, Mike Finch, VP of Sales for Northern Jet Management was presented a certificate from the National Aeronautic Association for their world speed record.  Mike Finch stated, “We sincerely appreciate Bombardier’s assistance in making this speed record possible.”

Recently, Northern Jet Management’s fractional program, The Company Jet, moved to Bombardier Learjet’s 45XR from the 40XR as its primary aircraft. 

Headquartered at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Northern Jet Management manages a fleet of 18 aircraft.  Contact Northern Jet Management toll-free at 800-462-7709,, or via email at to experience the Bombardier Learjet 45XR, as well as our entire fleet of 18 aircraft.