Bombardier Global 7000 aircraft successfully completes first flight

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Bombardier Business Aircraft today (November 04th, 2016) announced that its segment-defining Global 7000 aircraft program completed the successful maiden flight of its first flight test vehicle (FTV1). This first flight marks the start of a flight test program for the newest member of Bombardier’s flagship Global aircraft family, which is scheduled to enter into service in the second half of 2018.

The Global 7000 flight test vehicle took off from Bombardier’s facility in Toronto under the command of Captain Ed Grabman, assisted by his co-pilot, Jeff Karnes and Flight Test Engineer Jason Nickel under clear conditions at 10:25 a.m. EST.

Dedicated to testing basic system functionality and assessing the handling and flying qualities of the aircraft, today’s flight lasted approximately 2 hours and 27 minutes, during which all flight controls were exercised, and the systems and aircraft performed as expected. The flight crew conducted a gradual climb to 20,000 feet (6,096 m) and the aircraft reached a planned test speed of 240 knots.

“The first flight is the culmination of an incredible amount of knowledge and experience from our dedicated employees, partners and suppliers,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This is a very proud moment for Bombardier and confirms the Global 7000 aircraft program development is on schedule. It is the industry’s most innovative and uniquely designed business jet and the only aircraft on the market to offer four living spaces for unparalleled comfort and flexibility, creating an unforgettable experience for our customers. The Global 7000 business jet’s impressive capabilities promise to establish a whole new category for large business jets,” he added.

“This is a great day for Bombardier and a very proud moment for the thousands of employees who made this significant milestone a reality,” said Michel Ouellette, Senior Vice President, Global 7000 and Global 8000 program, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Hard work and dedication from the entire team, including our suppliers, went into this amazing milestone of the development program. With today’s first flight successfully completed, all teams remain focused on meeting the program’s development and certification schedule and the aircraft’s entry-into-service in the second half of 2018.”

“It was very exciting to see our Global 7000 aircraft take to the skies,” said François Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer, Bombardier Product Development Engineering. “Our world-class product development team, supported by our suppliers, followed our rigorous first flight readiness process, which included systems, structures and aerodynamics technical reviews, as well as the extensive use of test rigs and state-of-the-art simulation. The successful conclusion of this process clears the way for the start of our comprehensive flight test program leading to certification.”

Source: Bombardier.

Bombardier previews Global 7000 aircraft Flight Test Vehicles and unveils advanced production line technology

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Bombardier Business Aircraft opened its doors to media today as the company showcased the first two Global 7000flight test vehicles (FTVs) at the Company’s state-of-the-art assembly line in Toronto.

“The Global 7000 aircraft flight test vehicles are being assembled on the most advanced production line in business aviation,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “With a no-compromise approach and forward-thinking technology, we are focused on bringing the game-changing Global 7000 aircraft to market.”

Bombardier is employing the highest caliber technology throughout the entire manufacturing process for the Global 7000and Global 8000 aircraft program. The final assembly line in Toronto features a state-of-the-art automated positioning system that moves the wing structure into place for joining with the fuselage. This system uses laser-guided measuring to ensure components of the aircraft are joined consistently and perfectly each time.

Laser-guided technology is also a key feature of the final assembly line’s articulated robot drilling. Designed to ensure consistent quality and repeatability, the robot drilling features a tolerance for accuracy and precision within less than one thousandth of an inch. Combining human ingenuity with the most advanced machines, the Global 7000 and Global 8000final assembly line is a testament to the commitment Bombardier has made to deliver the most advanced aircraft to the market.

“We’re excited by the unprecedented precision and quality we’ve observed on the assembly of the first two flight test vehicles,” said Michel Ouellette, Senior Vice President, Global 7000 and Global 8000 Program. “This further validates that Bombardier made the right choice in the technology it is employing to build the most advanced business jet on the market.”

The Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft program is progressing as planned. Flight test vehicles one and two were on display during the event on the high-tech final assembly line in Toronto, and two additional flight test vehicles are in various stages of production and assembly. The program’s integrated aircraft ground tests are also making good progress across 15 facilities.

Source: Bombardier.