In The Works: Bombardier Challenger 300
The turbofan engine powering the Challenger 300, Honeywell’s 6,500-lb-thrust AS907, received certification by the JAA on December 3. The first production engines were scheduled for delivery to Bombardier by year-end for installation on a Challenger 300 (formerly the Continental) production aircraft. The AS900 series of engines (which also includes the AS977 version developed for the now-defunct BAE Systems Avro RJX regional jet) has accumulated more than 22,000 test hours, and Honeywell expects to log a further 3,000 hr by the time the AS907 enters service. Bombardier has flight tested 10 AS907s during the Challenger 300 certification process, logging 2,500 engine flight test hours in the process. Certification of the Challenger 300 is expected in the first quarter of this year.