Challenger 350 is a mid-size business jet developed by Bombardier Aerospace. The aircraft was launched at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, in May 2013.

The aircraft made its first flight in March 2013 and received the full type certification from the US FAA and Transport Canada in June 2014. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification was granted to the aircraft in September 2014.

The Challenger 350 aircraft was developed in partnership with NetJets. In June 2012, NetJets placed a $7.3bn order for the delivery of 75 Challenger 350 aircraft. The first aircraft was delivered to NetJets in June 2014.

Flexjet signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Bombardier for 20 Challenger 350 aircraft in November 2015.

Design of the Challenger 350

“In June 2012, NetJets placed a $7.3bn order for the delivery of 75 Challenger 350 aircraft.”

The design of the Challenger 350 aircraft is based on the previous Challenger series aircraft developed by Bombardier.

The new business jet features a canted winglet, which increases its aerodynamic performance. The aircraft is designed to provide greater fuel-efficiency and range capability. It is designed to reduce downtime and operational costs.

The Challenger 350 can climb to an altitude of 13,106m avoiding traffic and bad weather. It has a length of 20.9m, wingspan of 21m and height of 6.1m.

The aircraft has a new galley concept for catering needs of passengers and crew, which includes simple snacks, refreshments and the preparation of complete meals.

Aircraft cabin details

The Challenger 350 features a 1.55m stand-up cabin with a flat floor. The cabin has a width of 2.19m, length of 8.72m and volume of 24.4m³. It has a seating capacity for eight to ten passengers. The seats can be reclined at 180° to a full ‘lie-flat’ position for more comfortable sleeping.

“The design of the Challenger 350 aircraft is based on the previous Challenger series aircraft developed by Bombardier.”

The cabin features a more advanced nice® high-definition cabin management system. It also features personal electronic devices, which can be accessed though the CMS applications. Facilities include communications and entertainment in a single control at every seat as well as two 22in HD bulkhead monitors. The cabin also has Iridium satellite phones, Lufthansa niceview™ 3D moving maps system and optional Wi-Fi internet access.

The windows are two inches taller, providing more natural light as well as a better viewing experience.

Pro Line 21 advanced avionics suite

The aircraft is fitted with Pro Line 21 advanced avionics suite developed by Rockwell Collins. The avionics system includes four adaptive LCD displays, dual fleet management system (FMS) with LPV and RNP approaches capability, synthetic vision system, dual inertial reference systems and an integrated flight information system with dual file.

It also includes a MultiScan weather radar, engine indication and crew awareness system, dual GPS with SBAS, maintenance diagnostic computer and dual VHF and HF radios.

Other avionics include a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) with the latest enhanced safety standards and improved situational awareness systems to reduce the workload of pilots.

Engine and performance of the mid-size business jet

The Challenger 350 aircraft is powered by two HTF7350 engines manufactured by Honeywell. The two engines generate about 7,323lb of maximum thrust each. The engine is a derivative of the HTF7000, which powered the Challenger 300 aircraft. Honeywell also supplied a 36-150 auxiliary power unit (APU) to the aircraft.

The aircraft has a high speed of 850km/h at mach 0.82 and long-range speed of 871km/h at mach 0.80. The service ceiling of the aircraft is 14,000m. The maximum range is 3,200nm (5,926km).

The takeoff distance of the aircraft is 1,474m, while the landing distance is 826m. The maximum operating altitude of the aircraft is 13,716m, while the initial cruise altitude is 13,106m.

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