At last month’s NBAA Convention Bombardier launched the Global Express XRS as the next generation of its super-large, long-range business jet offerings. The derivative model brings upgrades to the Global cabin and provides greater range at high speed, improved takeoff performance, fast fueling capability and the new Bombardier enhanced vision system (BEVS) as standard equipment.
Bombardier Global Express
Belgian aerospace company Sonaca is investing C$17 million in the expansion of its Sonaca NMF Canada subsidiary in Mirabel, Quebec. Sonaca NMF Canada provides most of the wing skins Bombardier uses for its CRJ regional aircraft and its business jets (Global Express, Learjet and Challenger series except the Challenger 300).
CMC Electronics unveiled the third generation of its SureSight enhanced-vision system (EVS) at the show, taking the wraps off the CMA-2700 infrared camera. Bombardier has selected the system for the Global Express XRS and 5000, which will be integrated with an LCD-based HUD from Rockwell Collins that is also coming to the models. The EVS will replace the Global’s current CMA-2600 EVS, which will continue flying aboard EVS-equipped Falcons.
On the heels of posting a net loss of $418.6 million in the last fiscal year, due primarily to the stalled market for business jets and regional airliners, Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based Bombardier announced a major recapitalization program last month.
Bombardier has started flying an enhanced vision system (EVS) on the Global Express. The infrared-based EVS, being provided by Thales Avionics and CMC Electronics, is scheduled for certification in 2005, after which it will be standard equipment on new Global Express and Global 5000 jets, as well as being available for retrofit.
Bombardier was planning to fly the Global 5000 for the first time late last month from its Toronto Downsview facility before ferrying the new long-range jet to the airframer’s Wichita Flight Test Center. The first of the two aircraft destined for flight test is seen here in a recent photo undergoing preparations for its maiden flight; the second aircraft is scheduled to fly later this month.
Bombardier Aerospace is negotiating to acquire a 234,000-sq-ft hangar at Tucson International Airport to expand its aircraft interior completions capacity. Bombardier’s Tucson site already handles completions for the Montreal-based company’s Global Express, Challenger 604 and Learjet family.
Positioning itself to take advantage of an expected economic recovery, Banyan Air Service, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based full-service FBO, has signed a contract with DeCrane Cabin Interiors of Tucson, Ariz., in a joint venture to offer business aircraft cabin refurbishment services.
Bombardier Flexjet Europe has added a new intercontinental option to its Jet Membership block-charter program. The new service, which was launched on May 7 at Berlin’s ILA 2002 airshow, will allow its members to book flights from Europe to North America, the Middle East and Africa.
Rising oil prices and Europe’s ban on Soviet-era airliners have created a new market for western business jets in Russia. Russian businessmen have purchased a considerable number of western aircraft in the past two years.