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The $50M Bombardier Global 5500 Jet Range Enters Service



The first delivery of the new Bombardier Global 5500 range has just taken place marking the jet’s official Entry-into-service.
Bombardier Global 5500 Flying over cloud
The first Bombardier Global 5500 has now been delivered to its customer. Credit: Bombardier

Bombardier will certainly be proud that the first of its long-range Global 5500 business jet was completed and recently delivered to an undisclosed customer marking the jet’s entry-into-service.

The new Global 5500 range is an update from the previous Global 5000 range and sees new engines, interiors, avionics, wings, and presents decreased fuel burn, emissions, and an increased range and comfort to its passengers.

Completed at Bombardier’s site in Wichita, Kansas amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Bombardier employees had to demonstrate flexibility and dedication to enable the Global 5500’s completion. Bombardier said it had taken extraordinary steps to protect its employees and customers against the virus, and that now as manufacturing activities resume around the world, Bombardier will maintain its new strict protocols to continue safety and operational excellence.

Last year, Bombardier made an announcement that the Global 5500 would fly 200 nautical miles more than planned, and that its new range of 5,900 nautical miles is 700 nautical miles more than the nearest competitor at the same speed.

Bombardier Global 5500 interior cabin looking towards flight deck
Bombardier Global 5500 interior cabin looking towards the flight deck. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier Global 5500 interior cabin looking towards aft
Bombardier Global 5500 interior cabin looking towards aft. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier Global 5500 kitchen
Bombardier Global 5500 kitchen. Credit: Bombardier

Global 5500 Cabin

Bombardier also state the Global 5500 has the largest cabin (12.41m long, 2.41m wide and 1.88m high) and the smoothest ride in its class and that all starts inside where the conference and dining areas are equipped with the Nuage seat. Bombardier says the Nuage seat is the first meaningful change in the operation and design of a business aircraft seat in 30 years. The Nuage design grants proper posture both for business meetings and dining, and can also be converted into a reclining lounge chair.

Bombardier Global 5500 Nuage seat design detail
The Nuage seat design detail. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier Global 5500 Nuage chase lounge
Bombardier Global 5500 Nuage chase lounge. Credit: Bombardier

Passengers will also benefit from a sophisticated air purification system called Pũr Air which is only available on Global aircraft. The system’s advanced HEPA filter captures up to 99.99% of allergens, bacteria, and viruses, and completely replaces the cabin air with 100% fresh air in as little as 90 seconds. The cabin also features turbo heating and cooling which instantly adjusts temperatures for a more comfortable flight.

Bombardier Global 5500 Pur Air HEPA filter detail
Bombardier Global 5500 Pur Air HEPA filter detail. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier Global 5500 has a 4K enabled cabin
Bombardier Global 5500 has a 4K enabled cabin. Credit: Bombardier

The Global 5500 boasts the Rockwell Collin’s Venue cabin management and entertainment system, innovated with the capability to provide the first ever ultra-high-definition 4k content all throughout the cabin. The aircraft’s Ka-band satellite connectivity supplies seamless internet connectivity that is almost 35 times faster than other internet systems in the industry, and makes use of the updated satellite technology.

The cabin of the Global 5500 is 12.41-meter long, 2.41-meter wide, and 1.88-meter high. It has three different living spaces that give the needed seclusion and enjoyment by providing sufficient room to eat, work and rest in total convenience.

Bombardier Global 5500 Private Suite
Bombardier Global 5500 Private Suite. Credit: Bombardier
One of the many  Bombardier Global 5500 cabin layout options
One of the many Bombardier Global 5500 cabin layout options. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier Global 5500 flight deck cockpit
The Bombardier Global 5500 flight deck. Credit: Bombardier

Global 5500 Flight Deck

One big feature of the flight deck is the Rockwell Collins Combined Vision System (CVS), which joins infrared Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and Synthetic Vision System (SVS) imagery into a single conformal view. The CVS combines both vision systems throughout the entire display in order to give the pilot the best possible view into one dynamic image and provides real-time situational awareness.

Bombardier Global 5500 has CVS
The Combined Vision System (CVS) to help Global 5500 pilots. Credit: Bombardier

As you would expect with the most modern of Bombardier’s jets, the avionics system of the Global 5500 includes advanced weather radar for predicting wind shear, Airport Moving Maps, real-time air traffic and an enhanced terrain database that serves as a digital representation of the elevation of the terrain at a number of discrete points.

Bombardier Global 5500 has a Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 Jet Engine
The Global 5500 has two new tech Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 Jet Engines. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Global 5500 Powerplant

Powered by two Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engines, the Global 5500 has a maximum thrust of 15,125 pounds and emits 48% less smoke, 20% less nitrous oxide, is two decibels quieter, burns 7% less fuel and has 9% added thrust than the BR710A2-20 engines on the previous 5000 models.

The new engines are some of the latest tech to come out of Rolls-Royce and boast a new core with a new high-pressure compressor, as well as an advanced engine Health and Usage-Monitoring System (HUMS) that tracks the status of critical systems and components.

Bombardier Global 5500 Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 jet engine detail
The Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 jet engine detail. Credit: Rolls-Royce


The aircraft also features aerodynamic cleanups that will blend with the purpose-built engines to improve fuel efficiency by up to 13%.

One of those was a next-generation Global wing with a fully re-profiled trailing edge. The re-profiled wing has a span of 28.7 meters and was designed and constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd, a Japanese company headquartered in Tokyo. The Global 5500’s new wings with its renowned flexibility, combined with the other aerodynamic improvements, Nuage seats, 100% fresh air system with HEPA filter, instant temperature control, wide cabin, 4K entertainment and quieter engines all go towards creating the best possible conditions for a smooth and comfortable ride or sleep in the air.

Bombardier Global 5500 Range map example
Example range map for the Bombardier Global 5500. Credit: Bombardier

Global 5500 city pair examples

As seen above the Bombardier Global 5500 would be able to connect Sao Paulo to Paris, Los Angeles to Moscow, Sydney to Tokyo, Singapore to London, or New York to Hong Kong non-stop.

Bombardier Global 5500 Specifications

  • Avionics: Rockwell Collins Fusion
  • Engine: 2 x Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 turbofan
  • Power: 15125 pound-force
  • Top Speed: Mach 0.90
  • Max Cruise Speed: 504 knots, 933 Km/h
  • Approach Speed (Vref): 108 knots
  • Travel range: 5900 Nautical Miles, 10928 Kilometers
  • Service Ceiling: 51,000 feet
  • Rate of Climb: 3450 feet / minute, 17.53metre / second
  • Take-Off Distance: 1674 meters, 5492.06 feet
  • Landing Distance: 673 meters, 2207.98 feet
  • Max Take-Off Weight: 41957 Kg, 92498 lbs
  • Max Landing Weight: 35652 Kg, 78598 lbs
  • Max Payload: 3238 Kg, 7138 lbs
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 4710 gallons, 17829 liters
  • Baggage Volume: 5.5 m3, 194 ft3



Virgin Galactic Unveils New Mach 3 Supersonic Jet & Collaboration With Rolls-Royce



Virgin Galactic announces new Mach 3 supersonic jet and collaboration with Rolls-Royce to design and develop the engine propulsion technology.
Virgin Galactic Mach 3 Supersonic Jet
The new Virgin Galactic Mach 3 Supersonic Jet will be three times faster than the speed of sound. Credit: Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic has recently announced the new Mach 3 super jet and its intent to collaborate with Rolls-Royce on developing the engine propulsion technology needed to take the Mach 3 to new heights and travel three times faster than the speed of sound.

Self-described as a “vertically-integrated aerospace and space travel company pioneering human spaceflight for private individuals and researchers,” Virgin Galactic is continuing its mission to advance air and space vehicles, revealing for the first time their new delta-winged Mach 3 super jet to be developed in collaboration with Rolls-Royce.

Virgin Galactic Mach 3 Super Jet Rolls Royce FAA
One very fast flight for up to 19 passengers. Credit: Virgin Galactic

Designed to carry up to 19 passengers at an altitude of 60,000 feet and reach a top speed of 2,300mph/3700kmh, the new Mach 3 Super Jet could travel between London and New York in just under 1.5 hours. It would take off and land like a regular passenger aircraft at existing airports worldwide and ntegrate into existing airport infrastructure.

To build the technology needed to make this happen, Virgin Galactic has signed a memorandum of intent with high Mach propulsion specialists, Rolls-Royce (not to be confused with Rolls-Royce Motorcars), who already have experience in creating the only civil-certified commercial aircraft capable of supersonic flight – aka the Concorde.

Virgin Galactic Mach 3 Super Jet Rolls Royce
Passengers will fly at altitudes up to 60,000 feet. Credit: Virgin Galactic

George Whitesides, Chief Space Officer, Virgin Galactic, shared, “We are excited to complete the Mission Concept Review and unveil this initial design concept of a high speed aircraft, which we envision as blending safe and reliable commercial travel with an unrivalled customer experience. We are pleased to collaborate with the innovative team at Rolls-Royce as we strive to develop sustainable, cutting-edge propulsion systems for the aircraft, and we are pleased to be working with the FAA to ensure our designs can make a practical impact from the start. We have made great progress so far, and we look forward to opening up a new frontier in high speed travel.”

“We are excited to partner with Virgin Galactic and TSC to explore the future of sustainable high speed flight,” said Rolls-Royce North America Chairman & CEO Tom Bell. “Rolls-Royce brings a unique history in high speed propulsion, going back to the Concorde, and offers world-class technical capabilities to develop and field the advanced propulsion systems needed to power commercially available high-Mach travel.”

Virgin Galactic Mach 3 Super Jet Rolls Royce Left Side Profile
At a top speed of 2,300mph/3700kmh passengers could fly from NY to London in 1.5 hours. Credit: Virgin Galactic

The new Mach 3 super jet’s design philosophy is focused on making high-speed travel practical, sustainable, safe, and reliable while keeping customer experience a top priority. The super jet can be configured for a range of operational scenarios, including service for passengers on long-distance commercial aviation routes, and can offer business or first-class seating arrangements.

Virgin Galactic has been previously working closely with international regulatory communities to ensure compliance with safety and environmental standards and are now working with FAA’s Center for Emerging Concepts and Innovation to outline a certification framework during the pre-project guidance phase.

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Gulfstream Advances the G700 Flight Test Program



The all-new Gulfstream G700 business jet surpasses speed and altitude limits during recent testing.
Gulfstream G700 experimental test plane
the Gulfstream G700 experimental test planes have flown over 100 flights. Credit: Gulfstream

Testing of the new Gulfstream G700 is well underway since the jet was revealed in October 2019. With Gulfstream boasting the industry’s most spacious cabin with the highest speeds at the longest range, they have now revealed the flight-test program is making significant progress with a number of accomplishments in testing and performance.

The G700 has chalked up over 100 test flights and recently completed Gulfstream’s flutter testing.  Aeroelastic flutter is basically when a dangerous vibration begins to occur during flight, usually in the wings or tail, which often results in structural failure. High-speed aircraft are most susceptible to flutter, and especially with the introduction of thinner wings, all-movable horizontal and vertical stabilizers, and T-tail configurations, the likelihood of flutter occurring within a desired flight envelope increases further.

Gulfstream G700 experimental test aircraft flying
The Gulfstream G700 surpassed its speed and altitude parameters. Credit: Gulfstream

G700 Flight Tests Exceeding Expectations

During the G700’s testing, Gulfstream were able to expand the flight envelope (the design capabilities of the jet) at both high and low speeds. The G700 business jet flew beyond its maximum operating speed and cruise altitude, reaching Mach 0.99 and an altitude of 54,000 feet/16,459 meters. In typical operations, the G700 has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925 and a maximum cruise altitude of 51,000 ft/15,545 m. The testing showing that the all-new G700 has not only met its specs but truly surpassed them as well.

Gulfstream G700 experimental test pilots flying
Gulfstream G700 experimental aircraft pilots flying during tests. Credit: Gulfstream
Gulfstream G700 experimental flight badge emblem

“These accomplishments at this stage in flight test point to the impressive maturity of the G700 program,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream. “We designed and developed the G700 for our customers to fly safely, securely and efficiently while enjoying the same level of comfort as they do on the ground. With the largest galley in the industry, the utmost in technology, and the finest, freshest cabin environment, the G700 unlocks new opportunities in business jet travel.”

G700 Circadian Lighting System

The all-new G700 business jet features 100% fresh, never recirculated air, an industry-leading low cabin altitude, whisper-quiet noise levels, and the option for the industry’s only true circadian lighting system that attempts to counteract the onset of jetlag.

Gulfstream G700 bedroom sleeping quarters
Gulfstream G700 bedroom sleeping quarters. Credit: Gulfstream
Gulfstream G700 media zone
Gulfstream G700 media zone. Credit: Gulfstream
Gulfstream G700 interior floorplan options
Gulfstream G700 interior floorplan options. Credit: Gulfstream

The circadian lighting concept follows that of the human circadian rhythm which is a person’s internal 24-hour clock. The hypothalamus in the brain controls each person’s circadian rhythm by receiving signals from the eyes that report when it’s daytime and night time. The hypothalamus, in turn, controls the amount of melatonin released to correlate sleepiness with darkness and alertness with lightness.

How Circadian Lighting Works

As the eyes play a fundamental part to this process, light can be manipulated in the following three ways to hack the brain from experiencing time zone disruptions:

  • 1. Adjusting brightness and intensity with controlled dimming to correlate with a particular time of day.
  • 2. Adjusting the color temperature of lights. We experience cooler color temperatures (ranging from 4000K up to about 10,000K) when the sun is highest in the sky and people are typically most alert during the day. Therefore, cooler color temps are used in spaces when it’s appropriate to promote alertness and attention. Warmer color temperatures (ranging from < 2700K to 3500K) represent daylight hours when the sun is rising and setting and when people are falling asleep or waking up
  • 3. Stimulus tuning (replacing the “bad blue” light wavelengths with “good blue”).
Color temperature scale

Other features of the G700 cabin include 20 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows in up to five living areas, the Gulfstream exclusive Ultragalley floor plan option that provides more than 10 ft/3 m of counter space, as well as a master suite floor plan option with a stand-up shower.

The G700 is powered by Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines and can fly at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 for 6,400 nautical miles/11,853 kilometers or at its long-range cruise of Mach 0.85 for 7,500 nm/13,890 km. The G700 also includes the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight Deck™ with the industry’s only electronically linked active control sidesticks; the most extensive use of touch-screen technology in business aviation; and Gulfstream’s award-winning Predictive Landing Performance System.

Gulfstream G700 business jet
Gulfstream G700 business jet. Credit: Gulfstream

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The First USA-Based Global 5500 Business Jet



Bombardier delivers the first Global 5500 business jet to be based in the United States.
First US Based Bombardier Global 5500 jet
The first US-based Global 5500 jet delivered to Unicorp National Developments. Credit: Bombardier

Bombardier has announced the delivery of the first Global 5500 aircraft to be based in the United States. This business jet, which will be available for charter, was recently delivered to longtime Bombardier customer Unicorp National Developments, headquartered in Orlando, Florida.

“Our team at Unicorp is beyond excited to benefit from the first Global 5500 aircraft in the United States,” said Chuck Whittall, President, Unicorp National Developments. “This aircraft will allow us to travel with less fuss and more peace of mind.”

Unicorp’s Global 5500 jet will be available for charter out of Orlando International Airport via Elite Air, under a Part 135 charter certificate.

One of the many Bombardier Global 5500 cabin layout options
One of the many Bombardier Global 5500 cabin layout options. Credit: Bombardier

The Global 5500 business jet entered service last month, joining Bombardier’s new large-cabin family alongside the Global 6500 aircraft and the industry flagship Global 7500 aircraft. The Global 5500 aircraft’s best-in-class range can take passengers nonstop from Florida to Sao Paolo, Paris, London or Moscow. On short or long flights Global 5500 aircraft passengers will enjoy a comfortable environment, with three living areas featuring Bombardier’s patented Nuage seating collection. High-speed, worldwide (excluding North and South Poles) Ka-band connectivity ensures that productivity onboard is never compromised.

Bombardier Global 5500 Nuage seat design detail
The Global 5500 jet’s Nuage seat design. Credit: Bombardier

The aircraft delivery took place at Bombardier’s site in Wichita, Kansas, where Global 5500 aircraft are completed. This multifaceted site has a history of collaboration with Unicorp. 16 years ago the company took delivery of the first-ever Learjet 60 aircraft to be completed in Wichita.

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