A Bombardier Business Aircraft spokesman said that there will be “no impact” to the Global 7000 program schedule as a result of an in-flight flameout of the right engine on flight-test vehicle 2 (FTV2, registry C-GBLB) last week. The incident, which Bombardier said was an “isolated event,” occurred midday last Tuesday as FTV2 was being operated by the company’s Wichita-based flight test group while flying over Kansas at FL410. The Global 7000’s GE Passport engines received FAA certification in early 2016.
According to a Transportation Safety Board of Canada preliminary report obtained by AIN, FTV2 “experienced an in-flight flameout of the right engine following high vibration and high inter turbine temperature (ITT) readings.” The flight crew declared an emergency and safely carried out a single-engine landing at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.
“Bombardier and GE have determined that the root cause of last week’s reported occurrence was an isolated event,” a Bombardier spokesman told AIN. “In fact, the three in-service flight-test vehicles have been cleared to continue all test points. The Global 7000 program’s flight- and ground-test campaigns continue on track for entry-into-service in the second half of 2018."
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