FAA Taps Bombardier For New Challenger 604, Options Two More

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It won't be registered as N1, but Bombardier Aerospace will soon deliver a brand-new Challenger 604 bizjet to none other than AVweb's Favorite Aviation Agency. The Jan. 19, 2004, announcement by the Canada-based manufacturer says that the aircraft -- for which the FAA also placed two options -- will be used for runway and airway calibration as well as other special missions. [More...] According to Bombardier, the new aircraft will join a fleet of three Challenger 601s and six Learjet 60 jets being used for such purposes throughout the world. After production in Montreal and completion in the United States, the new 604 is scheduled for delivery in November 2004. The FAA took delivery of its first Challenger 601 in 1993. The aircraft are based at the FAA's Oklahoma City facility.