UPDATE: On point 1, I've been told that Global Express II is an internal identifier for this particular vendor's products for the Global line and doesn't relate to the supposed new Global Express platform. So maybe I'm delusional on piont 1 perhaps, but what about point 2!
Mathematicians will tell you that It takes two points to define a line; and three points to make a plane.
In the case of this blog post, I've got several points, or some semblance thereof, that, when combined with other information that's been published, might define a "plane". In this case the plane would be a new ultra long-range business jet (aka M170) that Bombardier, we think, has been quietly building to compete with Gulfstream's G650....
First up is photo "evidence" from a presentation given to me from a supplier to Bombardier, taken from a recent plant visit. This was not proprietary information, but I'll let you figure out who the company might be.
When asked specifically about the Global Express II reference, the company said their product "was on the Global family" and is part of the Global Vision program. Hmmm.
Global Vision is a comprehensive cockpit upgrade that Bombardier has launched for the Global 5000 and Global XRS, but could Global Vision be just part of the refresh for the Global Express II program?
Another point comes from an tantalizing snippet that I received from GE when writing about engine diagnostics recently. Officials there told me that they had been selected to provide an aircraft-level integrated vehicle health management system for an as yet unnannounced new aircraft platform that is to enter service in 2012 or 2013!. By process of elmination (using other information from a source), I have determined that this application can only be a business aviation program, and a Bombardier program makes the mose sense.
A third point, perhaps, is that Bombardier has a test program for the Global Vision that includes four pre-production aircraft, Seems like a lot of test aircraft for a new avioinics package.
Could it be that, based on the GE information, that the Global Express II is already among us disguised as the Global Vision program? The timeframes are close. Entry into service for the first Global Vision cockpit is to be 2012.
Or I could be delusional. You decide.