At a late afternoon press event yesterday, Bombardier announced a long-awaited flat-panel upgrade to the Global Express XRS and 5000 cockpits. As other business jet and even light airplane manufacturers have switched to LCD displays, the Global Express models are the lone large-cabin jet holdouts still being delivered with six old-fashioned CRTs in the instrument panel.
Bombardier Global Express
CMC Electronics (Booth No. 7433) has announced three new products–an enhanced flight vision system (EFVS), an electronic flight bag (EFB) and a new flight management system (FMS).
Bombardier is bringing Rockwell Collins’ new Pro Line Fusion cockpit to the Global Express XRS and 5000 as long-overdue replacements for the airplanes’ Honeywell Primus 2000XP avionics. Migrating from six CRT screens to four large-format LCDs will allow Bombardier to add synthetic vision, enhanced vision, electronic charting and other advanced capabilities to its top-of-the line models.
Having won the contract to supply new technology turbofan engines for the Dassault SMS, an emerging super-midsize business jet design from the French manufacturer, Rolls-Royce is in Atlanta this week exuding optimism for itself and the industry in general.
Like most of the major manufacturers, Dassault reports stepped-up sales demand from markets outside the U.S., particularly those in Western Europe and Russia. But Brazil and China could be the next hot spots, especially for large-cabin, long-range business jets as the economies in those countries continue to strengthen and attitudes change.
Last Thursday Gulfstream officially opened the first of two phases of its new 624,588-sq-ft Savannah (Ga.) Service Center as part of a seven-year, $400 million long-range expansion plan for its headquarters and business jet manufacturing and maintenance facilities.
This year’s Paris Air Show at Le Bourget provided an opportunity for me to see Dassault’s new Falcon 7X up close before I got my chance at the left seat, alongside Dassault 26-year veteran senior test pilot Yves (Bill) Kerherve, who has since retired from the company. A former French Navy fighter pilot, Kerherve flew the ultra-quiet 7X through a series of maneuvers for the crowd on the opening day of the show.
Savannah Air Center has received the first FAA certification of dual crew-rest areas on Bombardier’s Global Express XRS. The approval was granted as part of an overall completion of a green aircraft and allows operators to fly Part 135 nonstop legs of more than 12 hours. The designated crew-rest areas are located in the cabin compartment aft of the cabin door and the aft compartment immediately forward of the lavatory.
Forecast International of Newtown, Conn., released its most recent 10-year outlook, The World Market for Business Jet Aircraft, at the Farnborough Air Show last month.
Just days after receiving airworthiness certification from Transport Canada, Bombardier’s first Global 5000 with a finished interior made its debut at the Farnborough Air Show (held July 19 to 25), where it was also announced that the Canadian-built business jet has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification.