Bombardier's "Masterpiece", the fifth and final
test vehicle in the Global 7000 flight test program, has
successfully completed its first flight, setting the stage for the
program's entry-into-service in the second half of this year.
FTV5, or "The Masterpiece" as Bombardier has
also named the aircraft, will validate tests completed to date,
ensuring a smooth entry-into-service for the Global 7000 aircraft.
FTV5 joins four other test vehicles (FT4 is
pictured below) in the flight
test program, all of which are undergoing extensive flight and
"We are proud to have all five Global 7000
test vehicles in flight testing - it's a testament to the
determination and skill of Bombardier's team," said Michel
Ouellette, Senior Vice President, Global 7000 and Global 8000
program. "It's a very exciting time for the program and the team
as we enter into the certification phase and get closer to the
aircraft's entry-into-service in the second half of this year."
The Global 7000 flight test program is progressing to
plan, and in recent months, has completed several significant
milestones, including the Global 7000 aircraft's first
international deployment. Recent tests have successfully
demonstrated the aircraft's capability in crosswinds at
high-altitude airfields and in all-weather conditions.
"With over 1,300 hours of rigorous flight testing completed, the
results speak to the aircraft's maturity, reliability and strong
performance," said François Caza, Vice President, Product
Development and Chief Engineer, Product Development Engineering.
"In addition to flight testing, we continue to successfully
progress our ground test program and have now met the full
airframe fatigue test milestone as required by authorities for
entry-into-service. We will continue to advance the Global 7000
test program to ensure the aircraft meets or exceeds the highest
level of safety."
The Global 7000 aircraft has a long-range
capability of 7,400 nm (13,705 km) at M 0.85. It can fly eight
passengers non-stop from London to Singapore or Dubai to New York
with a maximum operating speed of M 0.925.
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