Bombardier unveiled its new Challenger 650 here at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla. The Montreal-headquartered airframer (Booth 281) is refreshing its classic, 10-passenger Challenger 600 series with redesigned cockpit and cabin interiors and optimized GE CF34-3B MTO turbofan engines that will provide additional takeoff thrust on a limited basis to facilitate shorter takeoff distances, greater payloads and more range from “challenging” airports during high/hot operations. Planned maximum range of the new model is 4,000 nm (with six passengers and standard NBAA IFR reserves).
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Bombardier unveiled the Challenger 650, a refreshed version of the Model 605 with new avionics and engines, yesterday on the eve of NBAA 2014. Deliveries of the $33.25 million Challenger 650 are targeted for the second quarter of next year.
Bombardier Aerospace announced on June 12 that the Challenger 350 received Transport Canada approval, with FAA certification expected “shortly.” An upgrade of the Challenger 300, the 350 has a new wing with canted winglets, a higher mtow of 40,600 pounds and greater fuel capacity for an NBAA IFR range of 3,200 nm versus its predecessor’s 3,065nm.
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that the Challenger 350 received Transport Canada approval, with FAA certification expected “shortly.” An upgrade of the Challenger 300, the 350 has a new wing with canted winglets, a higher mtow of 40,600 pounds and greater fuel capacity for an NBAA IFR range of 3,200 nm versus its predecessor’s 3,065 nm.
Flying Colours is currently performing green Challenger completions for several Asia-based clients, and refurbishing a Challenger 604 for a Chinese operator. The company’s CRJ ExecLiner program, which converts a standard CRJ into an executive business jet, is also active in China, and the first conversion for a China-based client, which will include full CAAC certification of the ExecLiner interior and auxiliary fuel system, is near completion. The 15-passenger interior will have three cabins, IFE system, dual lavatories and a long-range fuel system.
The Challenger 350 is on track to enter service in the middle of this year, Bombardier Aerospace confirmed on Thursday. As of the end of last year, 75 percent of the flight-test program had been completed and the new interior was certified on December 17, the company said.
Today at NBAA 2013, Bombardier Aerospace launched its MAX maintenance program for the Challenger 605, designed to reduce direct maintenance costs to owners and operators and increase dispatch availability by extending required maintenance intervals by as much as 50 percent.
Jetcraft Corporation today announced the launch of the Hud Vision Access head-up display system for the Challenger 604. The equipment, based on Kollsman’s enhanced flight vision system, is covered by a new STC, which gives Challenger operators reduced-visibility landing credits for using the display. Jetcraft and its subsidiary Jetcraft Avionics have selected West Star Aviation to handle system installations.
Bombardier’s new Challenger 350 will feature an upgraded flight deck, the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Advanced system, which will also be available as a retrofit on Challenger 300s. New capabilities include synthetic vision, Fans 1/A, ADS-B out, CPDLC, RNP basic and authorization required and LPV guidance. The Rockwell Collins MultiScan threat-detection system radar will also be available for both the Challenger 300 and 350. MultiScan reduces pilot workload by automatically identifying weather and turbulence.
VistaJet is expanding its 35-airplane fleet of Bombardier Global and Challenger jets with an order for 20 super-midsize Challenger 350s plus 20 options. The large order lead Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, to remark, “Sometimes we are in awe of what VistaJet has accomplished. We couldn’t be more proud.”
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