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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.

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