Global Express XRS taking shape; wing mating on first aircraft scheduled to occur this month
Bombardier Aerospace today announced that certification testing of the Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS) for the Bombardier Global business jet family will begin this month.
Flight-testing is on schedule to be completed with Transport Canada (TC) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the end of January 2005. The European Aviation Safety Association (EASA) is scheduled to complete similar tests by February 2005. This will result in full certification towards the end of Q1 2005, with deliveries commencing in the second quarter.
"Our innovative BEVS program has achieved all of its milestones since program launch at NBAA in 2002," said Peter Edwards, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "Our customers are looking forward to using the BEVS on their aircraft, because it provides pilots better overall performance in low-visibility conditions than any EVS on the market."
The BEVS offers several advantages over competing systems. It includes a second-generation Forward Looking InfraRed (FLIR) sensor with superior sensitivity and image processing. The sensor is positioned on the upper portion of the aircraft nose, which places the BEVS more in line with the pilot's visual reference point so cockpit views are more natural. The image captured on the camera is projected on the Head-up Flight Display System (HFDS), providing pilots with all key information from the primary flight displays throughout all phases of flight.
"The BEVS provides a real time image of the aircraft’s surroundings, significantly enhancing the pilot’s situational awareness through improved visibility and overall depth perception," said Jeff Petzke, engineering project director, Bombardier Global Aircraft Platform. “The system is designed for compliance with the new FAA ruling on Enhanced Flight Vision Systems. Bombardier is working with the regulatory authorities to ensure that the BEVS will be one of the first systems certified to meet the emerging requirements for operation with reduced minima."
The BEVS is being developed in cooperation with Thales Avionics, the overall HFDS and EVS integrator, and CMC Electronics, which supplies the FLIR sensor. The 40º x 26º display – 28% larger than any commercially available HUD – allows for the fullest and most comprehensive symbology on the market in combination with EVS IR imaging. The BEVS imagery is also shared with the co-pilot through a unique head-down display that provides the same level of situational awareness for better communication between the two pilots during critical phases of flight in reduced visibility conditions.
The ultra long-range Bombardier Global Express XRS, which will enter service in early 2006, features the BEVS as standard equipment. It will be available as a retrofit for Bombardier Global Express aircraft, and is available as an option on the super-large, high-speed Bombardier Global 5000 that is set to enter service later this year.
First Global Express XRS Taking Shape
Wing mating on the first Bombardier Global Express XRS is scheduled to occur this month at Bombardier’s facilities in Toronto. First flight is scheduled to occur by year's end followed by the first green aircraft deliveries in early 2005. Entry into service is planned for the first quarter of 2006.
The Bombardier Global Express XRS is the next evolution of the pioneering Global Express.
The addition of a forward fuel tank will help connect more cities faster by increasing range to 6,150 nautical miles (11,390 km) at Mach 0.85. Using the new zero flaps takeoff capability, Bombardier Global Express XRS operators will have the capability of departing from "hot and high" runways at higher temperatures and with a greater fuel load, reaching more cities from more airports around the world.
Interior enhancements include a relative pressure Cabin altitude that is the lowest in its class. Windows have been added to increase ambient lighting, and light emitting diode (LED) lighting brings warmer tones and increased reliability. A full office communications suite with high-speed data capability lets passengers stay "connected", and the aft storage volume has been increased to provide added flexibility.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004 were $15.5 billion U.S. and its shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
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