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Bombardier’s Challenger 3500 wins prestigious design award

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Bombardier’s newest business jet, the Challenger 3500 aircraft, has been honoured as the “Grand Winner” in the Industrial Design/Automotive & Transportation category at the 15th edition of the “Grands Prix du Design.” The win was announced at a gala ceremony in Québec City on 16 September.

The award recognises excellence in design and celebrates the talented professionals who inspire through their creative vision. “I am delighted that the new Challenger 3500 aircraft has once again been recognised for its innovative and exceptional cabin design,” said Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier. “Our talented team at Bombardier designed and crafted the industry-leading Challenger 3500 business jet for our discerning customers, offering them what they look for most in a business jet – an unprecedented cabin experience.”

The Challenger 3500 business jet, which was launched last year, is the latest evolution of Bombardier’s best-selling Challenger platform. Bombardier says the aircraft introduces a redesigned cabin interior unlike any other in a medium-category business jet, combining intelligent and sustainable cabin features that offer the ultimate in comfort and function.

The jet features Bombardier’s patented Nuage seat as part of the aircraft’s standard configuration, as well as other new baseline features such as the industry’s first voice-controlled cabin to manage lighting, temperature and entertainment systems, wireless chargers available throughout the cabin and the only 24-inch, 4K display in its class.

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PW812GA engine to power Gulfstream G400 reaches significant milestone

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Pratt & Whitney Canada has announced that its PW800 engine programme has reached a key milestone by receiving the Type Certification of its PW812GA engine from Transport Canada Civil Aviation.

Gulfstream revealed in October 2021 that it had chosen the PW812GA engine to power the new Gulfstream G400 business jet.

“We worked closely with Transport Canada to create an efficient and thorough certification process that successfully led us to this point,” said Maria Della Posta, president, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “When it enters into service, the G400 will be the third Gulfstream aircraft to rely on our PW800 engine family. We are gratified by the steady progress the PW800 engine family has achieved based on its ability to deliver a new level of performance and efficiency to the large cabin business aircraft class.”

Pratt & Whitney says its PW800 engines are the most modern, efficient, and environmentally responsible engines in their class and on board, provide an unmatched experience with an exceptionally quiet and comfortable cabin, making them also the quietest engines in their class.

The PW812GA showed exceptional performance during testing with more than 3,400 hours of engine testing that included 260 hours of flight testing. More than 175,000 hours of testing and field experience have been achieved across the PW800 family and the PW814GA and PW815GA engines have flown more than 144,000 hours since entering into service.

“When we designed the PW800 engine, we did so with all of the engine’s key stakeholders in mind – passengers, pilots and maintenance crews,” said Edward Hoskin, Vice-President, Engineering. “The PW800 has numerous inherent advantages and functionalities to ensure best-in-class availability and to create an exceptional engine response. It also sets the industry standard for maintenance, requiring 40% less scheduled maintenance and 20% fewer inspections than other engines in its class.”

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Bombardier reveals its new Global 8000 business jet

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Bombardier has unveiled its new Global 8000 aircraft at EBACE in Geneva. The company says the aircraft is expected to enter service in 2025 and will have a range of 8,000 nautical miles and a top speed of Mach 0.94, offering customers a unique blend of outstanding performance married with the smoothest ride and an uncompromising passenger experience.

“Today, Bombardier solidifies once more its position as the leader in business aviation with the newest member of the industry-leading Global family,” said Éric Martel, Bombardier’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Global 8000 aircraft leverages the outstanding attributes of the Global 7500 aircraft, providing our customers with a flagship aircraft of a new era. We remain unmatched, which for an innovation-focused team like us, is great.”

Bombardier says that some of the impressive performance capabilities of the new Global 8000 aircraft were already witnessed in May 2021 following a demonstration flight with a Global 7500 flight test vehicle. The aircraft, accompanied by a NASA F/A-18 chase plane, repeatably achieved speeds in excess of Mach 1.015, a key step in enabling a maximum Mach operating speed (MMO) of M0.94 and becoming the fastest business jet in the world and the fastest in civil aviation since the Concorde.

The Global 8000 features the healthiest cabin in the industry, with the lowest cabin altitude in its class of 2,900 feet when flying at 41,000 ft. It is also equipped with Bombardier’s Pũr Air and advanced HEPA filter technology for the cleanest cabin air and the fastest fresh air replacement.

The aircraft has four personalised suites ergonomically designed to maximise space and freedom of movement and incorporates the revolutionary features introduced on the Global 7500 aircraft that dramatically improve passenger comfort, including the Soleil circadian lighting system to help combat jet lag.

A Principal Suite with a full-size bed and a stand-up shower in the en-suite is available for the aircraft, and provides revolutionary cabin features such as an intuitive nice Touch CMS and OLED touch dial and Bombardier’s l’Opéra directional audio sound system.

In the cockpit, the Global 8000 aircraft features the renowned Bombardier Vision flight deck with its next generation fly-by-wire technology and blend of cutting-edge avionics with exceptional ergonomics and aesthetics for remarkable comfort and control.

Bombardier says the new Global 8000 aircraft can efficiently transport customers to a wide variety of destinations both faster and farther than ever before. With its exceptional class-leading range and short-field performance, more exclusive city pairs are now achievable such as Dubai-Houston, Singapore-Los Angeles, London-Perth and many others.

Cessna Citation XLS Gen2

Cessna Citation XLS Gen2 begins deliveries and achieves FAA certification

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Cessna Citation XLS Gen2

Textron Aviation has announced it has achieved the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification for its Cessna Citation XLS Gen2 business jet.

The company delivered the first customer aircraft to a long-time Citation operator in the Midwest last week.

“Loyal Citation customers inspire us to continually invest in bringing the latest design and technology to our product line,” said Lannie O’Bannion, Senior Vice President, Sales and Flight Ops. “This fresh approach to our popular 560XL series includes comfort and productivity upgrades requested by our customers, yet retains the model’s combination of performance and efficiencies that offers midsize jet features at a smaller jet operating cost.”

Textron Aviation says its Cessna Citation XLS Gen2 is the latest model of the Citation 560XL midsize business jet series, which began with the introduction of the Citation Excel in 1998. More than 1,000 560XLs have been delivered over the past 25 years.