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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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Porsche x Embraer’s Special Edition “Duet” Phenom 300E Business Jet and 911 Turbo S

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Porsche and Embraer have created the limited edition “Duet” that consists of a specially designed 911 Turbo S and Phenom 300E Business Jet matching set.
Matching "Duet" Porsche 911 Turbo S and Embraer Phenom 300E. Credit: Porsche & Embraer
Matching “Duet” Porsche 911 Turbo S and Embraer Phenom 300E. Credit: Porsche & Embraer

Porsche’s Exclusive Manufaktur department has partnered with Embraer Business Jets to create a special edition 911 Turbo S that you only get if you’ve ordered the matching Embraer Phenom 300E Business Jet which start from $10.9 million each.

The matching pair concept known as “Duet” began four years ago with the intent to bring two very different vehicles together with a common design DNA.

Matching metallic Platinum and Jet Gray Metallic paint with aviation inspired twin stripes. Credit: Porsche & Embraer
Matching metallic Platinum and Jet Gray Metallic paint with aviation inspired twin stripes. Credit: Porsche & Embraer

“We worked together to benchmark processes,” said Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “The design was all about exclusivity, but always focusing on the customers.”

Announced as the world’s first matching business jet and sports car, the machines take inspiration from each other with the special edition “Duet” Porsche 911 Turbo S and Phenom 300E, both featuring matching two-tone exterior paintwork in Platinum Silver Metallic and Jet Gray Metallic, along with an aviation-inspired twin strip in Brilliant Chrome and Speed Blue.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Limited Edition Duet Embraer Phenom 300E Rims
Blue trim detailing on the rims of the “Duet” Porsche 911 Turbo S. Credit: Porsche

The interior of the Porsche 911 Turbo S has also taken influences from the jet cockpit and has a special color scheme in black and chalk-colored leather with Speed Blue stitching. Door sill trims on both sides of the vehicle are illuminated in red with “No Step” referencing the corresponding warning found on aircraft wings.

"No Step" detailing on the door sill. Credit: Porsche
“No Step” detailing on the door sill. Credit: Porsche

A unique logo has also been created that takes inspiration from both models’ aerodynamics and includes a stylized airplane wing of the Phenom 300E and the rear wing of the 911 with the Sport Design package. This logo is used in the design across both the Porsche 911 Turbo S and Phenom 300E and can be found embossed on the headrests and the exterior badging.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Limited Edition Duet Embraer Phenom 300E Rear Wing
Each Porsche features the jet registration number on the underside of the rear wing. Credit: Porsche & Embraer

Limited to only 10 “Duet” sets worldwide, each of the Porsche 911 Turbo S models will also have the individual registration of its matching jet applied to the underside of the Porsche’s rear wing on the sides of the car key.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Limited Edition Duet Embraer Phenom 300E Car Keys
Jet registration number also found on the side of the car key. Credit: Porsche and Embraer

The “Duet” Porsche 911 Turbo S model is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 that produces 640 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque and is capable of reaching 0-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.

Interior cabin of the Embraer Phenom 300E business jet. Credit: Porsche and Embraer
Interior cabin of the Embraer Phenom 300E business jet. Credit: Porsche and Embraer

Of course, when an owner needs to go further faster, the Embraer Phenom 300E, the fastest and longest-ranged single-pilot jet currently available, has a range of 2,000 nautical miles and can fly at an altitude of 45,000 feet to get you there slightly quicker than the 911.

The Embraer Phenom 300E is the fastest and longest-ranged single-pilot jet currently available. Credit: Embraer
The Embraer Phenom 300E is the fastest and longest-ranged single-pilot jet currently available. Credit: Embraer

Also included in the Embraer Duet package is a customized pilot bag and two weekender bags, along with a special edition Porsche Design 1919 Globe timer UTC titanium watch inspired by the Phenom 300E.

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Airbus x Aston Martin ACH130 Helicopters Orders Signed For Three Continents Already

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Airbus Corporate Helicopters has confirmed customer orders on three different continents for the limited edition Aston Martin ACH130.
ACH130 Aston Martin Edition

At the beginning of the year, Airbus Corporate Helicopters launched the unique ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, created in collaboration with the British based luxury sports car maker.

Working closely together for over a year, the aeronautical designers at Airbus Corporate Helicopters and bespoke customization team at Aston Martin developed a range of four different interior and exterior designs that reflected the beauty and handcrafted excellence of automotive art in the form of a single-engine helicopter.

Airbus has now revealed three orders have already been signed for the ACH130 Aston Martin helicopter and are all expected to be operational in the coming months.

An existing Airbus customer in New Zealand was the first to place an order for the Asia Pacific region and plans to use the sporty ACH130 both privately and for VIP charter operations.

The second ACH130 Aston Martin edition can be found in Latin America and has recently entered service with an undisclosed VIP customer in Guatemala.

Meanwhile, the third and most recent order is for a Canadian based customer. Currently under construction in the UK, the latest edition will be delivered to the Airbus Customer Center in Fort Erie, Canada.

“We are delighted with the market reaction to this superb new helicopter,” shared Frédéric Lemos, Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters. “These orders across the world, clearly demonstrate the excitement generated by our collaboration with Aston Martin.”

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

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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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