Bombardier Delivers Challenger 605/Lear 60 XR Certification

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Bombardier Aerospace's presence here at NBAA in Orlando has its roots, in part, firmly planted in last year's show: two new types announced here last year were approved by respective certifying authorities in recent days. The most recent was Transport Canada's grant of approval for the Challenger 605's Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and aircraft window modifications -- when compared to its predecessor Challenger 604 -- to be added to the company's type certificate. Transport Canada awarded the type certificate for the latest in the Bombardier line of widebody bizjets on Oct. 5, a month ahead of schedule. A freshly completed 605 is on static display this week at the Orlando Executive Airport, underscoring the aircraft's entry into service later this year.

Elsewhere, the company also announced it had secured FAA approval on Sept. 28 -- in the form of a supplemental type certificate -- for the Learjet 60 XR's Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite, paving the way for production.

This newest Learjet and Challenger joined a Challenger 300 -- which the company bills as a "super-midsize" jet -- a Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 XR, Challenger 850, Bombardier Global 5000 and Global Express XRS at the company's static display space at the Orlando Executive Airport.