Challenger 300 certification slips to 2Q

 - October 12, 2007, 6:02 AM

Certification of the 3,100-nm super-midsize Challenger 300 was scheduled for the first quarter of this year, but Bombardier said last month that this approval would not happen until the second quarter. At press time, four flight-test Challenger 300s had logged more than 1,640 hours during 759 flights. The flight-test program is being conducted at Bombardier’s Wichita Flight Test Center. Aircraft one is dedicated to aerodynamics and performance testing; aircraft two, systems evolution testing; aircraft three, avionics testing; and aircraft four, interior reliability and maintainability. A fifth aircraft will soon join the program to test the overall reliability and performance of the twinjet. In addition, two full airframes are involved in the ground-test program at Bombardier’s Montreal facility.