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The National Business Aviation Association’s annual Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas was devoid of any major announcements, but Bombardier Business Aircraft made a big introduction, bringing its Global 7000 for the first time to a public event.
The airplane on display was the fourth flight-test vehicle, referred to by the company as FTV4.
The airplane took its first flight only a couple of weeks before the event, and it’s the first test-bed with a complete interior. Bombardier has tested the interior configuration on a pneumatic test rig that simulates the motions and loads of flight. Interiors are produced by cabinetmakers, woodworkers, upholsterers and other specialized personnel at Bombardier’s Centre of Excellence in Montreal.
Flight-testing was conducted in Wichita, Kansas, and is progressing well. “Having now flown nearly 900 hours, the aircraft continue to perform extremely well and to exhibit a high level of reliability,” says François Caza, vice president of product development and chief engineer of product development engineering. “Areas of the flight envelope and the performance of the systems, including at extreme temperatures, have been tested. The results show a maturity that is in full support of the planned certification activities.”
FTV4 is not the last flight-test vehicle for the Global 7000. Bombardier is finishing up FTV5, which the company refers to as “the Masterpiece.” It will be tested at Bombardier’s facility in Toronto. Certification and entry into service is expected next year.
With a top speed of Mach 0.92, the Global 7000 is an ultra-long-range business jet capable of flying up to 7,400 nm at Mach 0.85. Customers can choose from a wide variety of floor plans and configurations for the four distinct cabin areas, seating up to 19 passengers. There is also a separate crew suite.
A fly-by-wire sidestick is used to control the airplane while not on autopilot. The Bombardier Vision flight deck in the Global 7000 is based on Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion touchscreen avionics suite, with a head-up display, synthetic vision system and enhanced vision system.