Bombardier's New Challenger 605 Arrives In Wichita

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Bombardier late last month flew the sole example of its Challenger 605 bizjet to the company's flight-test facility at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, where it will begin a 200-hour flight test and certification program. The ferry fight from Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, where it made its first flight just a few days earlier, required only 03:08. Among major changes from the Challenger 604, which the 605 will eventually replace, is the flight deck. The 605 features the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system, which features four 10" x 12" LCD displays.

Additional components of the Pro Line 21 system include integrated communication, navigation and surveillance avionics as well as electronic charts and optional graphical weather and enhanced map overlays enabled by the integrated flight information systems (IFIS). A second version of the Challenger 605 is scheduled to join the company's flight-test program later this year, with certified aircraft set to enter service in the second half of 2007. Among Bombardier's goals for the 605 are a "paperless" cockpit employing the electronic flight bag concept, plus increased commonality and compatibility among other models in the company's lineup. This includes the mid-size Challenger 300 and a Learjet to be named formally later.