The aircraft will feature a new high-speed transonic wing

Global 7000 is a high-speed business jet being developed by Bombardier Aerospace. It is expected to enter service in the second half of 2018.

The maiden flights of the first Global 7000 Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) and the second Global 7000 Flight Test Vehicle 2 (FTV2) were conducted in November 2016 and March 2017, respectively. The final assembly of the aircraft began in Bombardier’s Toronto site in Canada in September 2011. The aft fuselage of the aircraft is built at the Queretaro site in Mexico.

In October 2011 Bombardier selected seven suppliers for the development of the aircraft. They included Parker Aerospace, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, Rockwell Collins, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Liebherr-Aerospace, Arrowhead Products and Apparatebau Gauting.

“Final assembly of the aircraft began in Bombardier’s Toronto site in Canada in September 2011.”

Global 7000 orders and deliveries

In December 2010, Comlux Aviation Group made orders for two Global 7000 jets. The first customer deliveries of the aircraft are planned for 2018.

In October 2010, London Air Services placed a $65m order for the delivery of one aircraft by 2018.

In June 2011, Australian company AV Westordered four Global 7000 aircraft.

In March 2011 NetJets placed a $2.8bn order for Global family aircraft, which also includes delivery of Global 7000 aircraft.

Jet design features, avionics and navigation

The Global 7000 features an improved design over the Global 6000 aircraft. The length of the aircraft is 33.71m, overall height is 8.14m and wingspan is 31.79m.

“In March 2011 NetJets placed an order worth $2.8bn for Global family aircraft, which also includes delivery of Global 7000 aircraft.”

The aircraft features a new high-speed transonic wing, which will significantly optimise its aerodynamic efficiency.

The aircraft is fitted with a Global Vision flight deck and a Rockwell Collins avionics system. The cockpit features four large liquid crystal display (LCD) screens, head-up display system (HUD), enhanced vision system (EVS) and synthetic vision system (SVS).

The aircraft features onboard maintenance system (OMS), datalink, high-speed SATCOM, next-generation cabin management system (CMS) and controller pilot data link communication (CPDLC).

It will also feature graphical flight planning and weather radar with enhanced functionality, such as wind shear detection. It is equipped with the latest performance-based navigation features, such as wide area augmentation system (WAAS), localiser performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approach and area navigation (RNAV).

Cabin of Bombardier’s aircraft

“The aircraft is fitted with a Global Vision flight deck and a Rockwell Collins avionics system.”

The aircraft features a large four-zone cabin with a volume of 2,637ft³. It has 20% more cabin space than that of Global 6000 aircraft. The cabin is 18.17m-long, 2.49m-wide and 1.91m-high.

The cabin can accommodate ten to 19 passengers, as well as two to four crew members. New enlarged windows will allow maximum natural light into the cabin. The cabin zones are innovatively designed to provide the customers with more flexibility and choice when defining the floor plan.

It is fitted with an up-to-date cabin management system, which ensures the highest levels of convenience, comfort and control.

GE engines

The aircraft is powered by GE Passport thrust engines, which provide 73kN of thrust at take-off. It offers reduced NOx emissions and requires 8% less fuel burn.

Performance of Bombardier’s Global 7000

The aircraft flies at altitudes of up to 51,000ft. It has a range of 7,300 nautical miles at a high speed of Mach 0.90. It can fly at a maximum cruise speed of 957km/h and an average speed of 907km/h. Its maximum take-off weight is 48,194kg and maximum landing weight is 38,918kg.

The take-off and landing distances are 5,950ft and 2,810ft respectively. The maximum payload that can be carried is 2,585kg and the maximum fuel payload is 1,021kg.

Contractors

In August 2012 GKN Aerospace was awarded with a contract to design, build and supply composite winglets and ailerons for the aircraft. The ailerons will be produced at the company’s wing structures operation in Munich, Germany. The winglets are manufactured at its Wight facility in the UK.

In October 2012, Bombardier awarded CAE the contract to design and manufacture engineering development simulators for the Global 7000 aircraft.

The scope of the contract includes providing a simulator, a host computer system and interface, along with an integrated system test and certification rig (ISTCR), as well as a high-lift system test rig (HLSTR).


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