Bombardier updates Global 7000 and Challenger 650 progress

Terry Spruce

Bombardier gave updates on both of the business aircraft programs after announcing the cancellation of the Learjet 85 project.

The company confirmed that the engines have been fitted on the first Global 7000 Flight Test Vehicle (FTV1). All structural components have been joined on FTV1, including the rear, centre and forward fuselage sections, the wing, the landing gear and vertical and horizontal stabilizers. In addition, installation of the wiring harnesses and functional test procedures have commenced on FTV1.

Global 7000 FTV2 is in final assembly with major structural components joined, including the rear, centre and forward fuselage sections and cockpit. Two additional FTVs are in various stages of production and assembly.

On the Challenger 650, the program is 95% complete and moving towards certification with an entry-into-service (EIS) in the fourth quarter of 2015. A Challenger 605 aircraft with upgraded avionics was used to perform certification testing.

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