Bombardier recently delivered the 200th Challenger 605, with the milestone large-cabin jet going to an unidentified customer. According to Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi, “The Challenger 600 series was a trailblazer in business aviation and is now the largest fleet in the category worldwide, with more than 850 aircraft in service.” The Challenger 600 first flew on Nov. 8, 1978. The Challenger 601, 604 and 605 variants have followed in the 34 years since.
Bombardier Challenger 600
Bombardier has appointed Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario and its subsidiary JetCorp Technical Services of St. Louis as authorized service facilities (ASF) for the Canadian OEM’s Learjet and Challenger business jet lines.
Flying Colours is known for its new Challenger 850 green completion work for which it works directly with Bombardier as an authorized completion center.
The FAA is proposing an airworthiness directive for variants of the Bombardier Challenger 600 and 601. There have been several reported incidents of jamming/malfunctioning of the left-hand engine thrust control mechanism on the affected airplanes.
Universal Avionics (Stand 639) has contributed a UniLink UL-800/801 communications management system for installation in a Swiss-based Bombardier Challenger CL-601 that frequently travels along North Atlantic tracks helping to test the Future Air Navigation System (Fans), which is beginning to be utilized by Eurocontrol. The UniLink box is in full compliance with Fans standards.
Bombardier has brought just over one third of the business aircraft on display here at the ABACE show. Appropriately enough, that’s just about the share of the market in China claimed by the Canadian airframer, according to Christophe Degoumois, Bombardier’s vice president of business aircraft sales for Russia, CIS, Asia Pacific, China and Australia.
Challenger, Global 7000 and Global 8000 operators now have two new engine service options. GE Aviation is offering its OnPoint engine maintenance coverage to Challengers equipped with GE CF34 engines.
Charter and management firm JetFlite International (JFI) has signed a partnership agreement with Moscow’s Best-Jets to help JFI penetrate the Russian market. Named JFI Russia, the new entity comes partly as a result of Best-Jets acting as JFI’s handling agent in the country for the past five years.
Bombardier has appointed movie star and pilot John Travolta as one of its business aircraft brand ambassadors. Over and above being a licensed jet pilot and advocate for corporate aviation, Travolta has an incredibly busy schedule of filming, publicity and charity work. He also likes to take his wife and children with him wherever possible and will add a Challenger 601 to his fleet shortly. “It made sense.
Despite worries over government debt in the U.S. and Europe that have led to roller-coaster-like stock markets, the business jet market remains stable, according to business aircraft sales, acquisitions, trading and brokerage service firm Jetcraft. “Fundamentally, Jetcraft’s market outlook remains unchanged, despite recent financial uncertainties in Europe and the U.S.,” says Jetcraft president Chad Anderson.
Jet Works Air Center is the product of the merger of Jet Works Aviation and Denton Business Air Center, combining the former’s avionics repair capabilities with the latter’s aircraft paint, interior refurbishment and completions center abilities. The FAR Part 145 repair station offers airframe maintenance, engine line maintenance, avionics service and installation, exterior paint and interior refurbishment.