Bom­bardier’s Global 7000 test pro­gram ex­ceeds 500 hours

Stockwatch Daily - - INDUSTRIALS & MATERIALS - Mr. Michel Ouel­lette re­ports

BOM­BARDIER INC.’S Global 7000 air­craft flight test pro­gram is pro­gress­ing as planned and has sur­passed the 500hour mile­stone. With three flight test ve­hi­cles (FTVs) in flight test­ing and two re­main­ing FTVs to join shortly, the Global 7000 air­craft pro­gram is on track to meet the air­craft’s tar­geted en­try into ser­vice in the sec­ond half of 2018.

Bom­bardier also con­firmed that the first sev­eral cus­tomer air­craft are pro­gress­ing smoothly through pro­duc­tion, with four Global 7000 busi­ness jets cur­rently in fi­nal assem­bly at the Bom­bardier fa­cil­ity in Toronto, Ont., Canada.

“The three flight test ve­hi­cles have been meet­ing all per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity ex­pec­ta­tions for this stage in the flight test pro­gram, and the pace of test­ing will con­tinue to ac­cel­er­ate with the two re­main­ing FTVs pro­gress­ing well to­ward their re­spec­tive first flights. The air­craft’s high de­gree of ma­tu­rity is very en­cour­ag­ing as we con­tinue to push the lim­its of ev­ery as­pect of this game-chang­ing air­craft’s per­for­mance,” said Michel Ouel­lette, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent, Global 7000 and Global 8000 pro­gram. “With more than 500 flight test hours al­ready logged, the pro­gram’s de­vel­op­ment and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sched­ule is on track. Our con­fi­dence level is high as we ac­cu­mu­late more flight hours and push to­wards en­try into ser­vice in the sec­ond half of 2018.”

In Novem­ber, 2016, Bom­bardier be­gan flight test­ing its state-of-the-art Global 7000 busi­ness jet with the maiden flight of first flight test ve­hi­cle 1 (FTV1). FTV1 came close to sur­pass­ing the speed of sound, reach­ing M 0.995 dur­ing a test flight in March, 2017, the largest busi­ness jet to op­er­ate so close to the sound bar­rier. The sec­ond flight test ve­hi­cle (FTV2) and third flight test ve­hi­cle (FTV3) joined the pro­gram in March and May, 2017, re­spec­tively.

The com­pre­hen­sive test­ing con­ducted us­ing the three FTVs over the course of the 500 flight hours has demon­strated the ca­pa­bil­ity of the air­craft’s propul­sion, avion­ics, elec­tri­cal and me­chan­i­cal sys­tems. This test­ing will ac­count for the ma­jor­ity of the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments.

“The Global 7000 air­craft’s flight val­i­da­tion pro­gram is mak­ing steady head­way be­cause of the air­craft’s re­li­able and ma­ture con­fig­u­ra­tion while in par­al­lel, solid progress of the test­ing on struc­tural and sys­tems rigs is sup­port­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties as per plan,” said Fran­cois Caza, vice-pres­i­dent, prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and chief en­gi­neer. “Our highly skilled teams have achieved sig­nif­i­cant mile­stones, which in­clude com­plet­ing hot weather and cold weather en­vi­ron­men­tal tests as low as mi­nus 40 C and suc­cess­fully demon­strat­ing the air­craft’s long-range nav­i­ga­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties by fly­ing over the North Pole re­gion.”

Two re­main­ing flight test ve­hi­cles, FTV4 and FTV5, are cur­rently in fi­nal assem­bly and flight val­i­da­tion test­ing in a ded­i­cated pre­flight bay and are on track to join the other air­craft at Bom­bardier’s world-class flight test cen­tre in Wi­chita, Kan.

About Bom­bardier Inc.

Bom­bardier is the world’s lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of both planes and trains. In the fis­cal year ended Dec. 31, 2016, the com­pany posted rev­enues of $16.3-bil­lion.

Lau­rent Beau­doin, Pierre Beau­doin, Alain Belle­mare, Joanne Bis­son­nette, J R An­dre Bom­bardier, Martha Finn Brooks, Jean-Louis Fon­taine, Sheila Sarah Mar­garet Fraser, Au­gust W Hen­ningsen, Pierre Mar­couiller, Vikram Pan­dit, Pa­trick Pichette, Car­los E Repre­sas, Antony N Tyler, Beatrice Weder di Mauro

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