Bombardier Challenger 300 flight simulator awarded FAA Certification

Simulator certified three months prior to aircraft’s entry into service

The first Bombardier Challenger* 300 flight simulator was awarded FAA Level C certification three months before entry into service of the all-new Bombardier Challenger 300 super-midsize business jet. The approval was granted by FAA officials following a final inspection of the new simulator at the Bombardier Aerospace training center at Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport.

Transport Canada Level C certification is expected very shortly and European JAA Level C certification will occur early next year. The simulator is slated to receive Level D certification from the FAA next year. Bombardier Challenger 300 maintenance courses will begin later this month, while pilot courses will begin in November.

“Certification of the Bombardier Challenger 300 flight simulator allows us to offer a complete training program well before aircraft delivery and marks a significant milestone in this important aircraft program,” said Hank Blasiak, General Manager, Customer Training, Bombardier Aerospace, Business Aircraft Services. “This simulator is already a very mature training tool, and reflects our commitment to enabling a smooth transition to customer operations.”

The Bombardier Challenger 300 simulator is designed and manufactured by NLX Corporation of Sterling, Virginia, and features a full complement of actual avionics components from the Challenger 300 business jet to ensure 100 percent fidelity with the aircraft’s design. This approach to simulator development assures currency with the aircraft. The visual system is developed by Evans and Sutherland of Salt Lake City, Utah, to simulate 350 flight and maintenance scenarios and provides accurate “out the window” scenes of over 100 different airports around the globe.

Bombardier offers complete training program for Challenger 300 operators

In preparation for the Challenger 300 business jet’s entry into service at the end of the year, Bombardier has developed pilot and technical courses that will be given at the DFW training center. Technical courses commence in late September, and include aircraft type, initial maintenance, avionics, aircraft familiarization, and engine run-up and taxi courses. Pilot courses, to begin in November, include a three-week type rating and recurrent training options.

In addition to the full flight simulator, an NLX-designed flight training device (FTD) will also be employed for these courses. Already installed at the DFW facility, the FTD will be certified to FAA Level 5 standards by year-end, and will be used for emergency training procedures and systems integration training. The full flight simulator and FTD utilize the same software load and also have complete hardware commonality.

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