Bombardier Global 7000 Flight Test and Certification Afterwards

Bombardier Global 7000 Flight Test

Bombardier Global 7000 Flight Test and Certification Afterwards

Bombardier Global 7000 Flight Test. The Canadian manufacturer has set another important milestone in the development of its ultra-long reach Global 7000, following the debut flight on March 4 of its second test flight vehicle. Picture above is a rendering image of the Global 7000.

FTV2 - Serial number 70002, C-GBLB record - Withdrawn from Downsview of Bombardier, Toronto manufacturing facility at 10:50 am local time.

During the 4h 28min flight, the prototype's electric and mechanical propulsion systems were tested, as was its high-altitude performance - with FTV2 rising to 43,000 feet.

"We now have a flight test vehicle dedicated to testing aircraft systems," says Fran├žois Caza, vice president of product development and chief engineer at Bombardier. "The FTV2 data will complement the successful results we have already gained from test platforms, including integrated systems testing and the certification platform, and the extensive in-flight testing of FTV1 to date."

FTV1 made its first start in November and has since accumulated more than 100 hours at the Bombardier Flight Testing Center in Wichita, Kansas, where it will join its sister aircraft in the coming weeks. "We are on track with our testing program, and we are very pleased with the progression and performance of our test-flight vehicles to date," Caza says.

The GE Aviation Airliner will eventually be followed by three more FTVs, which are in various phases of construction in Downsview.

The Global 7000 is scheduled for certification and service entry in the second half of 2018.

The 7,400nm (13,700km) aircraft will be the largest and longest-range business aircraft in Bombardier's seven large line. It is designed to challenge Gulfstream's eight-year dominance at the top end of the traditional commercial aircraft market, fitting perfectly between the G650's 7,000nm range and the G650ER's 7,500nm range.

Bombardier has also proposed the Global 8000, which would have a leading market rank of 7,900nm, but has yet to be committed to its development. He says he will provide updates on the potential derivative later in the Global 7000 flight test campaign.