Bombardier Challenger 300 awarded European JAA type certification

Certificate of Airworthiness awarded to first production aircraft

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that the all-new Bombardier Challenger* 300 business jet has been awarded full type certification to European JAR Part 25 Change 15 by the European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA). The approval was issued on July 31 – less than two months after winning a record type certification from both the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada (TC).

“Achieving JAA certification so soon after being awarded certification by the U.S. and Canadian regulatory authorities, and without any additional limitations or restrictions, is simply another measure of the outstanding quality of this aircraft,” noted Peter Edwards, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “With full TC, FAA and JAA certification, the Bombardier Challenger 300 is now truly an international product which can easily be put into service in any market.”

Mr. Edwards noted that the Bombardier Challenger 300, designed to offer operators an exceptional combination of range, cabin comfort and value in the super-midsize business jet class, cleared these major certification milestones even before the first production aircraft left the final manufacturing line. “This is a remarkable achievement, reflecting the superior design and features of the aircraft.”

The Bombardier Challenger 300 flight and ground test program involved five flight test aircraft plus two full-sized static test articles, one for static testing and the other for damage tolerance and fatigue testing.

The Bombardier Challenger 300 is the only super-midsize jet designed to meet the latest standards of Transport Canada 525, U.S. FAR 25 and the European JAR 25 regulations. It will also be fully compliant with Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RSVM) regulations upon entry into service.

Certificate of Airworthiness awarded

On August 2, 2003 – just two days following JAA certification – the first Bombardier Challenger 300 green production aircraft received its Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) from Transport Canada, confirming that Bombardier’s manufacturing methods meet regulations and guidelines set out for this aircraft.

Aircraft s/n 20006 conducted its maiden flight July 28 and was awarded C of A after completing five production flights, including one 5½-hour flight.

Aircraft 20006 was recently delivered to Bombardier’s completion centre in Tucson, Arizona and is scheduled to become the first Bombardier Challenger 300 aircraft to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2003.

Designed to deliver best-of-class value, the Bombardier Challenger 300 – formerly known as the Bombardier Continental – provides a cost-effective step-up for current light jet operators as well as for operators constrained by their current midsize aircraft. Powered by two new Honeywell AS907 high bypass ratio turbofan engines delivering 6,826 pounds (30.4 kN) of thrust, the Bombardier Challenger 300 can cross the U.S. within five hours. A 4,750-foot (1,448-m) takeoff distance and an actual landing distance of 2,610 feet (796 m) give it exceptional short airfield accessibility. Maintenance programs designed for on-condition airframe maintenance allow for operating costs equivalent to or better than any current midsize jet.

The Challenger 300 features a top speed of Mach 0.82 (541 mph; 870 km/h), a maximum non-stop range of 3,100 nautical miles (5,741 km) with eight passengers and a maximum takeoff weight of 38,500 pounds (17,463 kg). The spacious interior was designed around passenger comfort and functionality with a total cabin volume of 860 cubic feet (24.35 m3). The Challenger 300 was designed to fly above intense weather and air traffic, at a maximum operating altitude of 45,000 ft (13,716 m).

Bombardier Aerospace, a unit of Bombardier Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative aviation products and provides services for the regional, business and amphibious aircraft markets. It also offers Bombardier Flexjet* and Bombardier Skyjet* business aircraft programs, technical services, and aircraft maintenance and pilot training for business, regional airline and military customers.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).

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Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Aerospace
Montréal: (514) 855-7988