A Bombardier testbed aircraft equipped entirely with an all-electric braking system has executed its first flight. Bombardier’s Global 5000 flying testbed aircraft was modified by removing its hydraulically actuated brake-by-wire control system and replacing it with Meggitt’s EBrake suite.
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Although the manufacturer used the Global 5000 for the test, it does not plan to equip its business jets with an all-electric braking system. Rather, Bombardier believes the technology is more applicable to commercial aircraft, says a spokesman for the company.
Bombardier has said it intends to use electric brakes on its 110/130-seat CSeries aircraft. However, it has not confirmed if it will choose Meggitt’s system, notes the spokesman.