U.S. FAA and Transport Canada approve Bombardier Challenger 300 pilot and technical training

Bombardier Challenger 300 operators to get early start on training

Bombardier Aerospace preparations to introduce its all-new super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 300 business jet into service continued today with news that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada (TC) have approved technical and pilot training courses. With these certifications, both pilot and technical training have commenced at the Bombardier Aerospace training center at Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, Texas, well before the aircraft’s entry into service.

Pilot training courses include a 16-day type rating course and a four to five-day recurrent training course, using a Bombardier Challenger 300 FAA/TC level C flight simulator. In addition, a flight-training device (FTD) is available for emergency training procedures and systems integration training.

The 13-day Challenger 300 “Aircraft Type Course” approved by Transport Canada, which includes engine run training, was part of this autumn’s curriculum. In addition to aircraft type training, Bombardier offers the following courses: taxi training, eight-day initial familiarization and three-day familiarization. As well, a five-day avionics course will be offered in April 2004. Practical training, using a level 5 fixed training device (FTD) is included in all the Bombardier Business Aircraft technical training courses.

“Bombardier has been committed to ensuring a smooth entry into service for this aircraft from the outset, and we’ve now fulfilled all training course certification requirements with the FAA and TC,” said Hank Blasiak, general manager, customer training, Business Aviation Services (BBAS). “Our level of preparedness today sets a new standard among training facilities for aircraft not yet in service, and Challenger 300 operators can be assured that their flight departments will be ready when their aircraft is delivered.”

BBAS, which operates cutting-edge training facilities in Montreal, Canada, and Dallas, Texas, is uniquely positioned to offer comprehensive training to all Bombardier business jets operators. “Pursuant to our “Bombardier built, Bombardier trained” philosophy, we’re able to draw on resources that reach across the full spectrum of Bombardier in order to optimize customer training,” explained Blasiak. “This is an advantage other training organizations do not offer.”

It is not uncommon for engineering departments, demonstration team pilots, flight test pilots, and experienced BBAS service personnel to participate and contribute to the creation and improvement of courses. For example, they may be asked to add insight on a particular question or problem, even while a course is underway.

Designed to deliver best-of-class value, the Bombardier Challenger 300 provides a cost-effective step-up for current light jet operators as well as for operators constrained by their current midsize aircraft. The Bombardier Challenger 300 features a top speed of Mach 0.83 (541 mph; 870 km/h), a maximum non-stop range of 3,100 nautical miles (5,741 km) and a maximum takeoff weight of 38,500 pounds (17,463 kg). Total cabin volume is 860 cubic feet (24.35 m3) and it offers operating costs equivalent to or better than current midsize jets.

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

Dave Franson
Bombardier Aerospace
Wichita: (316) 946-3085