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The $50M Bombardier Global 5500 Jet Range Enters Service

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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

Wings

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

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Bombardier To End Production of the Iconic Learjet

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Bombardier Jets has announced production of the iconic Learjet will end after nearly 60 years of production and 3000 new builds.
The latest Learjet 75 Liberty will be one of the last models to be made in 2021. Credit: Bombardier
The latest Learjet 75 Liberty will be one of the last models to be made when production ends in 2021. Credit: Bombardier

Inspired by Swiss fighter aircraft and first made famous in the 60’s by celebrities like Frank Sinatra, the Learjet’s days will be coming to a close as Bombardier axes the smaller jet to allow the company to focus on the more larger and profitable Challenger and Global aircraft families.

From its first flight on 7th October 1963, the Learjet had been a favorite choice for private and business aviation, with members of the original Rat Pack frequently using the Learjet as a mode of transport to jet between glamorous locations.

Bombardier will end production of Learjets by Q4 of 2021. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier will end production of Learjets by Q4 of 2021. Credit: Bombardier

Unfortunately for Learjet, as newer technologies developed and competition from brands like Embraer and Cessna increased, Learjet could not keep pace with the demand for faster flights and more cabin space.

Learjet remained popular for many years with ultra-wealthy clients. Credit: Bombardier
Learjet remained popular for many years with ultra-wealthy clients. Credit: Bombardier

Bombardier spokesman Mark Masluch noted, “Less equipped aircraft at smaller price points drove demand,” while a recent statement from Bombardier referenced a lack of profitability and the need for a cost-cutting plan as reason for ending of production and the subsequent reduction of its workforce by 1,600 positions.

Modern cabin of the Learjet 75 Liberty. Credit: Bombardier
Modern cabin of the Learjet 75 Liberty. Credit: Bombardier

“With more than 3,000 aircraft delivered since its entry-into-service in 1963, the iconic Learjet aircraft has had a remarkable and lasting impact on business aviation”, shared Eric Martel, Bombardier Jets President and CEO. “However, given the increasingly challenging market dynamics, we have made this difficult decision to end Learjet production.”

Bombardier will still support existing Learjet models for maintenance and upgrades. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier will still support existing Learjet models for maintenance and upgrades. Credit: Bombardier

Now, after nearly 60 years, Bombardier will be calling it a day on the Learjet in Q4 later this year, but the company has revealed the Learjet headquarters in Wichita, Kansas will remain operational and be transformed into a support center for maintenance and upgrades of existing Learjet models.

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Cirrus Aircraft Celebrates 8000th Delivery with 8 Limited Editions

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Cirrus is celebrating the 8000th delivery of their SR Series with a special 8000 Limited Edition SR Series of just 8 models.
The 1-of-8 Cirrus Aircraft 8000 Limited Edition SR Series. Credit: Cirrus Aircraft
The 1-of-8 Cirrus Aircraft 8000 Limited Edition SR Series. Credit: Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft is celebrating the 8000th delivery of their best-selling SR series aircraft and is creating eight “8000 Limited Edition SR Series” models to commemorate the occasion.

Known as the “company that makes the planes with the parachutes,” aka the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System®, Cirrus Aircraft has been building personal aircraft for customers since 1984 and delivered the first SR series aircraft to a customer in 1999.

Now wearing a bright fluoro yellow “Volt 8K” livery designed by Xi Design Studio (Cirrus Aircraft’s in-house personalization team), the 8000th Cirrus aircraft has been delivered to private customer Brad Pierce and was the first of eight 8000 Limited Edition SR Series to be built.

Cirrus SR22T "8000 Limited Edition SR Series". Credit: Brad Pierce
Cirrus SR22T “8000 Limited Edition SR Series”. Credit: Brad Pierce

“The SR Series has an incredible history of innovation, evolution and invention,” said Zean Nielsen, CEO at Cirrus Aircraft. “Our team took that as inspiration to create a Limited Edition that breaks out of the boundaries of traditional aircraft design to reflect the energy and excitement of where we are going next.”

Volt 8K livery with hash line designs from Xi Design Studio. Credit: Brad Pierce
Volt 8K livery with hash line designs from Xi Design Studio. Credit: Brad Pierce

Taking inspiration from the bold markings on the runway, the new Cirrus 8000 Limited Edition SR Series also features vertical hash lines across the rear stabilizer and multiple other locations on the aircraft’s exterior and interior.

The bright “Volt” yellow theme also appears in the interior cabin, matching two-tone stitching and embroidery on the seats and upholstery.

The remaining Cirrus 8000 Limited Edition SR Series aircraft will be delivered to their new owners in a series of events over the coming months.

Cirrus Aircraft SR22T 8000 Limited Edition Brad in Motion Rear View
Hash lines on the rear stabilizer. Credit: Brad Pierce
Cirrus Aircraft SR22T 8000 Limited Edition Brad in Motion Side View
The 8000th Cirrus SR Series aircraft to be delivered since 1999. Credit: Brad Pierce

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Pilatus Configures First 10 Seater PC-24 Super Versatile Jet

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Pilatus has configured and delivered their first 10 seater PC-24 “Super Versatile Jet”” to a US-based customer for corporate use.
Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet Front Seats

Swiss-based aviation company Pilatus has delivered the first-ever 10 seater PC-24 Super Versatile Jet to a western United States customer.

First introduced to the market in 2018, the Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet lives up to its name with its ability to land on grass, gravel, snow, or asphalt and can be configured for public, private, or business use like the most recent ten-seater configured for corporate use.

Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet 10 Seater

For passengers comfort, each seat features a side storage compartment and cup holder along with a USB charging port to ensure passengers can remain connected throughout their trip.

Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet 10 Seater Commuter

“All of us at Pilatus are pleased to hand over this new PC-24 in the 10-seat commuter configuration. The PC-24 is the only aircraft in its category to offer this level of high-capacity interior for ten passengers. All seats are forward-facing, and internal cargo space of more than 50 cubic feet (1.4 cubic meters) remains accessible in flight,” shared Ignaz Gretener, VP General Aviation of Pilatus. “We expect this configuration will prove very popular with both public and private operators requiring a cost-effective solution for frequent transportation of passengers as an alternative to sending them on the airlines.”

As a “mid-size” jets, the cabin size of the PC-24 is considered spacious for a jet of its size and includes features like individually adjustable seats, a full washroom with a toilet, and a baggage area that is accessible in flight.

Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet

Inflight catering setups are also available as an option and can be configured with a forward galley at the front of the cabin with stowage for tea & coffee, ice, and catering equipment.

Pilatus’s order book for the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet is already fully booked for 2021, with current orders expected to be delivered in early 2022.

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