Montréal, Canada – Bombardier Business Aircraft’s Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft program’s second flight test vehicle (FTV2) completed its initial flight. The Global 7000 aircraft is on track to enter into service in the second half of 2018.
FTV2, named, “The Powerhouse,” is designed to test aircraft systems, including propulsion, electrical and mechanical systems, all of which were fully functional during the 4 hour, 28 minute flight.
Captain Jeff Karnes, assisted by his co-pilot J.R. Marcolesco and Flight Test Engineer Ben Povall, took off from Bombardier’s Toronto facility on March 4, 2017. The initial flight also tested the aircraft’s performance at high altitude, with FTV2 climbing to 43,000ft (13,106.4m).
“The successful flight of the first flight test vehicle (FTV1) in November 2016 paved the way to the smooth flight of FTV2 this past weekend,” said Michel Ouellette, senior vice president, Global 7000 and Global 8000 Program. “We are focused on meeting the program’s development and certification schedule and, once again, we have demonstrated our ability to deliver results through the hard work and dedication of the highly skilled teams working on the program.”
“We now have a flight test vehicle dedicated to testing the aircraft’s systems. Data from FTV2 will supplement the successful results we have already obtained from test rigs, including the Integrated Systems Test and Certification Rig (ISCTR) and, from the extensive flight testing of FTV1 to date,” said Francois Caza, vice president, product development and chief engineer, Bombardier. “We are on track with our test program and are very pleased with the progression and performance of our flight test vehicles to date. The dedication and collaboration our teams have shown were critical in achieving this significant milestone”, he added.
The advanced wing design on the Global 7000 aircraft was conceived to optimize speed, range, and control for a smooth ride, steep approach capability, and short field performance. Long-range capability of the Global 7000 business jet is 7,400nm (13,705km) at M 0.85 with eight passengers.