Aircraft will play key role in ensuring maturity at entry into service
Bombardier Aerospace today announced that the all-new Bombardier Global 5000* program has marked a major milestone with the first flight of the second test aircraft.
Bombardier Global 5000 s/n 9130 took off from Bombardier’s Downsview, Ontario facility at 11:37 EST on January 8 and returned at 15:28 EST. During the course of its successful four-hour flight northwest of Toronto, it reached a maximum altitude of 17,000 feet (5,182 m), and a maximum indicated airspeed of 340 knots (380 mph;630 km/h).
Bombardier Aerospace test pilots captain Mark Schlegel and co-pilot Steve Gorton flew the aircraft and reported that it performed as expected. Also on board was lead flight test engineer Ray Tamburro.
The aircraft will be delivered to the Bombardier Completion Centre in Montreal later this month for the installation of a production interior. Flight testing for environmental control system validation and interior function and reliability will begin as soon as the interior installation is complete. It will then join the first aircraft as part of the
two-aircraft flight test program.
“This second test aircraft will play a critical role in increasing aircraft maturity at entry into service,” said Robert Duffield, director, Global 5000 program, Bombardier Aerospace. “Over the next few months, it will be used to validate our interior engineering and manufacturing processes. Each interior system will also undergo ground endurance testing to replicate the expected cycles on the aircraft.”
Performing to all expectations
The first aircraft in the Bombardier Global 5000 program, s/n 9127, has completed 100 flights, just one year after program launch. It has been flown to its certification ceiling of 51,000 feet (15,545 m) and testing of all systems, including auto-pilot, has been successfully completed.
“The Bombardier Global 5000 is performing according to all our expectations and type certification to stringent regulations from Transport Canada (TC) is on schedule for the end of the first quarter of 2004,” said Mr. Duffield. “Bombardier Global 5000 s/n 9130 will enter in late 2004.”
The Bombardier Global 5000, derived from the pioneering Bombardier Global Express® ultra long-range business jet, is designed to set the new benchmark in its category for range at high speed, and will also have the most sophisticated interior in its class.
Launched in February 2002, it is capable of flying non-stop from continental Europe to central North America at Mach 0.85 (562 mph; 904 km/h) with eight passengers and three crew.
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, 2003 were $21.2 billion Cdn 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.
N.B. Fiscal year 2002-03 revenues have been restated following the sale of the recreational products business.
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