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Tarmac debut for Bombardier Global 7000 business jet

Tarmac debut for Bombardier Gl...
FTV4 on static display at NBAA 2017 in Las Vegas
FTV4 on static display at NBAA 2017 in Las Vegas
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FTV4 on static display at NBAA 2017 in Las Vegas
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FTV4 on static display at NBAA 2017 in Las Vegas
Bombardier's Global 7000 fourth flight test vehicle.
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Bombardier's Global 7000 fourth flight test vehicle.
Interior of the Global 7000 showing the standard layout
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Interior of the Global 7000 showing the standard layout
The Global 7000 can seat six at dinner
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The Global 7000 can seat six at dinner
Global 7000 crew suite
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Global 7000 crew suite
The Global 7000 has a complete galley
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The Global 7000 has a complete galley
Global 7000 entertainment lounge
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Global 7000 entertainment lounge

At this week's National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Bombardier Business Aircraft took the wraps off the latest flight prototype of its Global 7000 aircraft. Dubbed the "Architect," the fourth Global 7000 flight test vehicle (FTV4) is the first to make a public debut and the first fitted with a cabin interior.

The Global 7000 is the latest in Bombardier's stable of business jets. Using an advanced wing design, the eight-passenger aircraft has a range of 7,400 nm (13,705 km) while cruising at Mach 0.85 (647 mph, 1,041 km/h). But what makes it stand out is that it's the only business jet with an interior divided into four living spaces and a dedicated crew suite with amenities that include newly designed seats, a complete galley, and an entertainment system with fast Ka-band connections.

According to Bombardier, the purpose of the Architect is to specifically test the interior fittings. Before being ferried to Las Vegas, the Architect conducted its maiden flight on September 28 and the interiors went through ground evaluations using a bespoke test rig designed to simulate airframe motions and flight loads using a production fuselage and a pneumatic bed mounting.

The Global 7000 can seat six at dinner
The Global 7000 can seat six at dinner

Work is currently underway at Bombardier's facility in Toronto on the first eight production Global 7000 aircraft with certification and entry-into-service scheduled for the latter half of next year. The next step in the program will be to complete work on a fifth and final prototype called FTV5 or the Masterpiece.

"Our Global 7000 flight test vehicles continue to undergo rigorous testing at our world-class flight test center in Wichita, Kansas" says François Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer, Product Development Engineering. "Having now flown nearly 900 hours, the aircraft continue to perform extremely well and to exhibit a high level of reliability. Areas of the flight envelope and the performance of the systems, including at extreme temperatures, have been tested. The results show a maturity which is in full support of the planned certification activities."

Source: Bombardier Business Aircraft

3 comments
SimonClarke
Awesome looking aircraft. I was on the design team on that. Well, me and 4,000 other people
vince
Not electric? Shame shame.
McDesign
Simon Clarke - LOL! reminds me of: Stacey King. He was the Chicago Bulls center, 3 time world champions. When he was an NBA rookie, he was playing for the Chicago Bulls that amazing night when Michael Jordan set the single game tournament scoring record. He said he will always remember it as the night that "he and Michael Jordan combined for 70 points". Michael Jordan scored 69 and he scored 1.