Bombardier today announced that its next-generation
Challenger 605 widebody business jet entered service in late January with Russell Aviation Leasing Inc., amidst the fanfare of an employee delivery ceremony in Montreal. Russell Aviation is leasing the aircraft to Bombardier to be used as its demonstrator for 2007.
“This is a great occasion for Russell Aviation. The Challenger 605 jet is our fifth aircraft purchase from Bombardier and we look forward to keep strengthening our relationship with the manufacturer,” said Jim Hausch, of Russell Aviation Inc. “The aircraft looks fantastic. The cabin is very spacious and comfortable, and it flies like a dream. We’re convinced this jet is a winner.”
All the new features available aboard the widebody Challenger 605 jet are present in this first aircraft, including the widest stand-up cabin of any large-category business jet available today.
It is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite that supports real-time satellite graphical weather and electronic charts to enhance situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, and features a state-of-the-art Ethernet-based Cabin Electronic System.
“We are excited to celebrate this milestone and look forward to demonstrating the Challenger 605 jet to our prospects and customers worldwide,” said Jahid Fazal-Karim,
senior vice-president, sales, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This aircraft combines the proven platform and reliability of its predecessor, the Challenger 604 jet, with improved technology and enhanced comfort. The superior value proposition in the large business jet class just became better and now, our customers can experience it first hand.”
First flight occurred on January 22, 2006, and certification by Transport Canada, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the European Aviation Safety Agency were all awarded in October 2006.
The Challenger 605 jet operates at a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.82 (870 km/h), and offers an increased payload capacity of 200 pounds (91 kg), with up to 12 passengers*. The list price for a typically equipped Challenger 605 aircraft is $26.7 million US.
Modern avionics system moves towards paperless cockpit
The Challenger 605 flight deck features the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite, which is fully configurable and offers pilots instant, intuitive access to critical flight information. The integrated avionics package includes four 10 inch by 12 inch (25.4 cm by 30.5 cm) vertically aligned next generation LCD screens, increasing the display area by 55 per cent over that of its predecessor.
It also includes the Rockwell Collins Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) as standard equipment. The advanced features of the Rockwell Collins IFIS enables electronic charts, allowing pilots to call up approach plates, airport diagrams and procedures, such as standard instrument departures and standard terminal arrival routes, via customizable multi-function displays, thereby eliminating the need for paper-based charts. The system also allows the aircraft’s position to be overlaid on navigation charts, resulting in a significant improvement in situational awareness.
Restyled interior with increased usable cabin volume
The aircraft’s interior features a number of important enhancements designed to maximize passenger comfort – the largest cabin in its class is now even more spacious. The cabin is redesigned to provide more headroom and cabin volume and includes LED lighting throughout. The windows have been enlarged and relocated, and new window reveal designs boost the amount of natural light and substantially increase the viewing angle. A new galley design offers passengers increased storage capacity and functionality as well as optimized, ergonomically enhanced working areas.
A digital, Ethernet-based, cabin electronic system provides passengers with a new level of cabin control and flexibility. The system includes touch-screen controls in both the galley and at the VIP location and supports optional high-speed connectivity for e-mailing and web browsing.
Improved payload range
A combination of new materials and technologies together with the new lighter flight deck will reduce the overall weight of the Challenger 605 jet by 200 pounds (91 kg) from the
Challenger 604 aircraft, which translates to more payload flexibility. For example, the Challenger 605 will offer the same range as its predecessor, but with an extra passenger on board*.
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*Under certain conditions.
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