The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted approval for Bombardier’s newest members of the Global family—the Global 5500 and 6500—clearing the way for the ultra-long-range models to be registered in an EU country. European validation follows Transport Canada certification last month and entry-into-service of the first Global 6500 on September 30. That first aircraft was leased back to Bombardier, which will display it next week during NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas.
“Obtaining type certification from [EASA] marks one of the final chapters in our very successful development program, and this achievement is a direct result of the commitment to excellence of the highly-skilled employees who worked on the program and our solid collaboration with our suppliers,” said Michel Ouellette, senior v-p of program management and engineering for Bombardier Aviation.
EASA previously had certified the Global’s Pearl 15 powerplants—the first in a new engine family at Rolls-Royce—and Transport Canada followed with similar approval last month, right before granting a type certificate for the aircraft. U.S. FAA validation is also anticipated in the coming weeks.
Unveiled during EBACE 2018 as derivatives of the Global 5000 and 6000, the new twinjets offer improved performance with the new engines and a reprofiled wing, new interior finishes that borrow from the company’s flagship Global 7500, and upgraded avionics that will eventually include a true combined vision system.