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FLIGHT TEST THE BEST OF 2010 S SEPTEMBER 2010 GLOBAL 5000 T Global 5000 is THE Bombardier’s high speed, stylish, luxurious and technologically a advanced, long range a corporate jet, developed using gained from long-range i experience i eg aircraft like the Global Express. With a range of 5200 nautical miles (9680km) at an average speed of Mach 0.85, it can whisk non-stop from mainland Europe to Los Angeles or San Francisco amazingly quickly. The 5000 has multiple redundancy features built in to many of its systems including electrics, hydraulic and fuel systems. It was designed with ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) in mind and comfortably ticks all of the required boxes. With a max speed of Mach 0.89, the 5000 has a maximum occupancy of three crew and 17 passengers.

Being up close to the 5000 really gives you an indication of its size. At 96.8ft long the fuselage looks larger than other jets in its class, but it is sleek and well proportioned, purposeful and with great ramp appeal. The two Rolls-Royce BR710A2-20 full FADEC turbofans produce an incredible 14,750lb of thrust each, mounted on either side of the empennage. They are ‘decoupled’, ie behind the passenger cabin, greatly reducing vibration and noise in the cabin. The 94ft span transonic wing is an incredible design. When clean it gives speeds of up to Mach 0.89, yet when the leading edge slats and the flaps are extended it enables the aircraft to approach at REF speeds as low as 114kt and provides incredible short-field performance (for such a large aircraft). The T-tail is imposing and has a span greater than the wing on many smaller jets. The cockpit is vast by bizjet standards and comfort was obviously high on the

FACT FILE BASE PRICE $40m CRUISE Mach 0.89 MAX RANGE 4800nm @ 0.89M CEILING 51,000ft MTOW 39,780kg EMPTY 23,054kg FUEL CAPACITY 16,112kg WINGSPAN 28.6m LENGTH 12.94m PAX SEATS 8-17 ENGINES 2 x RollsRoyce BR710A2-20 MANUFACTURER Bombardier www.bombardier.com

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The 94ft span wing is an incredible design

agenda when Bombardier designed the flightdeck and what you need when on a 5000-plus mile flight. There are control yokes which are pillar-mounted and adjustable rudder pedals, and all of the controls on the centre console looked solid. I thought the cockpit had a very modern ‘pilot friendly’ feel to it and immediately felt at home. The aircraft I flew had the Honeywell Primus 2000XP avionics suite with six LCD screens – three for each pilot, three FMS, a fighter-like Rockwell Collins HUD which shows advanced flight information, and an Enhanced Vision System. As of 2011 the Rockwell Collins Pro-Line Fusion ‘Global Flight Deck’ avionics suite is standard fit for the 5000, with four 15-inch high resolution LCDs arranged in a T-shape and the Rockwell Collins HUD giving improved situational awareness. We began with the standard pre-start checks and once we had received our start clearance, it was just a matter of flicking the start switches, one at a time. With most

P1 February 2011  

P1 is Loop Publishing's business aviation magazine, published bi-monthly. It brings alive the glamorous, exciting world of business jets, tu...

P1 February 2011  

P1 is Loop Publishing's business aviation magazine, published bi-monthly. It brings alive the glamorous, exciting world of business jets, tu...

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