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Bombardier Global 7000’s third flight test vehicle joins fleet

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced on on May 10 that a third Global 7000 flight test vehicle (FTV3) had successfully completed its maiden flight. FTV3 joins a test program that has been demonstrating excellent system reliability and breaking new ground since it got underway in November 2016. Just five months into testing, the Global 7000 aircraft set a record as the largest business jet to operate so close to the sound barrier, reaching a milestone top speed of Mach 0.995.

FTV3, dubbed ‘The Navigator’, will be used to test the aircraft’s advanced avionics and electrical system performance. It is the first production aircraft to be equipped with a dual head-up display (HUD). The dual HUD significantly improves operational efficiency and safety, in good or poor visibility, while reducing pilot workload.

FTV3 took off from Bombardier’s facility in Toronto, Ontario, under the command of Captain Logan Lamping, assisted by his co-pilot Derek Thresher and flight test engineers Duane Moore and Matthew DiMaiolo.

May 17, 2017

Written by Michael Jones


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