Challenger Spares & Support acquired a full ship set of a Bombardier Global for parts, adding that aircraft to its inventory. The company is also expanding into covering the Global 5000 and structural component repairs on the Gulfstream 550.
Bombardier Challenger 600
The cost of maintaining older Bombardier Challengers and Globals can be reduced by as much as 50 percent under Challenger Spares & Support’s cost-containment program, according to Steve Davis, president of the Georgetown, Texas-based company. CSS provides airframe and engine component repairs for the Bombardier Challenger, Global 5000 and Global Express.
Five executives and a pilot associated with now-defunct Platinum Jet Management have been charged in connection with the 2005 crash of a Challenger 600 following an aborted takeoff at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport. Arrested yesterday were Platinum Jet Management president Michael Brassington; his brother and vice president Paul Brassington; managing member Andrew Budhan; and director of maintenance Brien McKenzie.
Bombardier has selected Revue Thommen’s AD20 two-inch electronic standby altimeter as a retrofit option for the Challenger 601-3A/3R and 604. According to the Swiss avionics specialist, the AD20 is the first electronic standby altimeter designed to RTCA DO-178B standards with software level A required for installation on Part 25-certified jets.
A new thermal/acoustic barrier package promises to reduce cabin noise by as much as 30 percent. The Silentium Air SPS 360 is a product of Aviation International Management Services (AIMS) of Montreal, which is supplying the kits to exclusive marketing agent Zenith Jet, also of Montreal.
If you are looking for a large-cabin Bombardier Challenger (or near Challenger) business jet, there are 16 here on display in the MEBA static park for your inspection. This includes one Challenger 601, six 604s, five 650s, two 850s and two Canadair Regional Jets CRJ200s converted to executive/VIP interiors. The latter two illustrate an interesting cross-fertilization that exists between business jets and regional jets.
Bombardier CL-600-2C10 CRJ, Denver, July 29, 2008–The Skywest flight blew the left main tires on departure, tearing off the gear door. No injuries were reported.
Bombardier Aerospace has announced that its Smart Parts program will be available for the Learjet 85 when the all-composite aircraft enters service. Smart Parts, first introduced in 1986 to support the Challenger 600 and 601, now covers airframe system components on nearly 1,000 aircraft, including 15 Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global models.
An interesting cross-fertilization exists between business and regional jets. The Canadair CL-600 Challenger spawned the Canadair Regional Jets. Now refurbished, VIP-configured CRJs are appearing on the market as alternatives to Gulfstreams and Globals, at much lower price points.
Capital Aviation in Bethany, Okla., is at Booth No. 4442 displaying what it can do to make older Canadair/Bombardier Challengers look and perform like new Challenger 605s.
The Reflections refurbishment program incorporates several Capital-owned STCs to give Challenger 600 through 604 corporate jets “the looks of a new 605 inside and out, for a fraction of the price.”