Bombardier Global 5000 completes flights in icing
Global 5000 test aircraft in Alaska
Bombardier Aerospace has announced
the completion of another milestone in the Bombardier Global 5000 test program,
the test aircraft flew a series of flight tests in known icing conditions equipped
with a composite electro-thermal wing leading edge ice protection system.
“One of Bombardier
Aerospace’s strategic priorities is to develop innovative, environmentally conscious
products that meet customer needs globally, and we take great pride in this commitment
to aircraft innovation,” said François Caza, vice president and chief engineer,
Bombardier Aerospace. “These successful flight tests highlight Bombardier’s
commitment to the advancement of aviation technology. They are part of a
comprehensive technology development program covering various areas, including
avionics, aircraft systems, advanced structures and advanced manufacturing
methods,” he added.
“We tested the EIPS in both
dry air and natural icing conditions south of Anchorage, Alaska,
with great success. The system demonstrated structural integrity and successful
ice protection performance as anticipated from a more efficient electrical
system,” said Peter Rawlinson, system lead engineer, Bombardier Aerospace.”The demonstration of an
Electro-thermal Ice Protection system is one step further towards a “More
Electric Aircraft” that will have electrical power as the primary means to
operate systems normally driven by less efficient engine compressor bleed air,”
said Avraham Ardman, chief systems engineer, Bombardier Aerospace.