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 Challenger 600
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.”
West Star Aviation is continuing to look for select niches to extend its large and small business aircraft service offerings, while at the same time strengthening its FBO brand, according to Rick Brainard, general manager of the company’s Grand Junction, Colo. facility.
For airplanes–some airplanes at least–30 years is just another birthday to precede many more, a time when the manufacturers will hopefully hear comments such as “better, not older,” or “significantly improved.” That is true of the Bombardier Challenger 605.
Innotech Aviation of Canada has installed the first satellite TV system on a Bombardier Challenger 604. The Honeywell AIS-2000 OneView TV system will enable the European Challenger to receive the U.S. Hughes DirecTV and the European TPS broadcasts. The aircraft is also having other work done at the Innotech facility in Montreal.
The first Max-Viz EVS-1000 installation on an operator-customer’s aircraft is being completed by Total Aircraft Services (TAS) at Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport (VNY). The system going aboard a Bombardier Challenger 601-3A is expected to receive STC approval by the end of the year. TAS president Stan Fisher said the tail-mount installation will apply directly to other Challenger models and possibly to Bombardier CRJ regional jets.
A Challenger 601 equipped with the Pro Line 21 Continuum avionics system from Rockwell Collins has completed initial flight tests, said the company. Certification of the package is expected in the next few months and will bring to eight the total number of Continuum development programs for business jets. The Challenger 601 installation features four 8- by 10-in.