And Delivers First Challenger 300 Into Corporate Service
Itís not the first of its type to enter service, but itís the first to go to a private operator. "It" is a new Bombardier Challenger 300 bizjet, delivered to Dean Phillips Inc. on April 15, and is the fifth Challenger 300 to enter into service to date. The first four examples have been operating since January with Bombardierís Flexjet fractional ownership program. Powered by two new Honeywell HTF7000 high-bypass turbofan engines, the Bombardier Challenger 300 delivers a top speed of Mach 0.82 and a maximum nonstop range of 3,100 nm, enabling eight passengers to cross the United States in just five hours. According to Bombardier, Dean Phillips and his spouse, Dee, are both experienced Learjet pilots, with type ratings on the Bombardier Learjet 31A, Learjet 45 and the Learjet 60. They also recently graduated from the Bombardier Challenger 300 pilot training program at Bombardierís training center in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. "Weíve completed training and now we have the aircraft -- I just canít wait to fly this new jet," offered Mr. Phillips, a pilot for 40 years.