Bombardier Business Aircraft announced on Monday that the Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft program is making significant progress with the achievement of major development milestones. The engines have been mounted on the first Global 7000 flight test vehicle (FTV1), which includes all major structural components: rear, centre and forward fuselage sections, wing, landing gears, and vertical and horizontal tail stabilizers.
“We are very excited by the significant progress being made on the Global 7000 flight test vehicles,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Our vision of building a game-changing aircraft is emerging as the first two state-of-the-art business jets take shape in final assembly.”
In addition to the new engines, installation of the wiring harnesses and functional test procedures have commenced on FTV1. A second flight test vehicle (FTV2) is in final assembly with major structural components joined such as the rear, centre and forward fuselage sections, and cockpit. Two additional flight test vehicles are in various stages of production and assembly.
Other development milestones were achieved with the aircraft program’s airframe and systems testing: the Integrated Systems Test and Certification Rig (ISTCR) has been commissioned and safety of flight testing is underway; the avionics System Integrated Test Stand (SITS) rig has been installed at the Toronto site, and the Global 7000 Complete Airframe Static Test (CAST) rig has been commissioned. These comprehensive test articles will ensure the maturity and reliability of the aircraft’s structure and systems throughout the flight test program and before entry-into-service.