The first Global Express entered service in July 1999, and late last year the 100th copy of the business jet was delivered. Recipient of the centennial Global Express was Stanford Financial Group of Houston. Bombardier said the 91 in-service Global Expresses have achieved dispatch reliability of 99.18 percent.
Bombardier Global Express
Bombardier Global 5000, Nova Scotia, Canada, Nov. 11, 2007–The three-week-old Global 5000 was carrying its owner, the cofounder of the Tim Horton’s restaurant chain, and seven other passengers when it landed short at a resort community’s private airstrip.
Aerospace Concepts, a Toronto-based completions management specialist with a long record of performing Bombardier Global Express and Challenger interior work, now forecasts a schedule for this year that almost doubles last year’s projections for this year’s projects.
Bombardier has completed flight development testing of its enhanced vision system (EVS), a HUD-coupled package that uses a CMC Electronics infrared sensor and head-up display manufactured by Thales. The system has started certification flight testing, a regimen that Bombardier said will result in an amendment to the Global Express type certificate in next year’s first quarter.
Notching an important contract win, CMC Electronics announced last month that it has been selected to provide the infrared (IR) camera/sensor package for the Rockwell Collins Flight Dynamics integrated EVS/HUD in the Dassault Falcon line, ending months of speculation about which supplier would land the coveted contract.
The FAA last month awarded type certification to Cessna for its Citation CJ3 light jet and to Bombardier for its long-range Global 5000. The CJ3 features a cabin that is two feet longer than that of the CJ2, new Williams International FJ44-3A engines and advanced fully integrated Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.
Some feel that the rise in publicly owned aviation companies managed by MBAs has resulted in a decline in personal service.
In collaboration with TAG Aircraft Interiors, Italian design house Gianni Versace of Milan continues to move into the business aviation cabin. The two companies joined forces in April last year and at the NBAA Convention that year introduced a prototype executive seat.
Rockwell Collins last month said Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has selected the company’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, a proposed 70- to 90-seat airliner targeted for certification in 2012 assuming the project gets the go-ahead. Pro Line Fusion features 15-inch-diagonal LCD flight displays and will include optional capabilities for enhanced and synthetic vision.
Ron Joyce, cofounder of coffee chain Tim Hortons, was one of eight passengers on board a three-and-a-half-week-old Bombardier Global 5000 (registration C-GXPR) that crashed while landing November 11 on a private airstrip in Nova Scotia, Canada. Neither the passengers nor the two crewmembers were injured when Joyce’s large-cabin jet landed short.