Bombardier’s Challenger 605 makes its European show debut here.

In service since January, the aircraft is priced at $26.7 million. The 605 has an increased payload of 91kg (200lb) over the 604, largely derived from replacing the heavyweight CRT screens in the cockpit with LCD displays.

Other improvements include the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite, which comes with four 10 x 12in (25.4 x 30.5cm) screens, increasing the cockpit display area by 55%.

The restyled interior offers more headroom and cabin volume and features LED lighting, controllable from the cockpit. The windows have been heightened by 5cm and relocated to sit 6.5cm higher up the fuselage and a digital, ethernet-based, cabin management system provides cabin control and flexibility.

Powered by two General Electric CF34-3B turbofans producing 8,730lb of thrust (38.8kN), the 605 can carry nine passengers for 7,490km (4,045nm) at Mach 0.74 with NBAA IFR reserves, with a top speed of Mach 0.82.

“With 17 deliveries in the large aircraft segment in 2006, we have secured a 61% market share, maintaining the Challenger 600 jet series’ position as European leader in its category,” says Bob Horner, vice-president international sales. “We are confident that the European market will continue to reinforce the positive momentum we are experiencing across our full line of innovative products and services.”

Also on display is a Challenger 300, which is the only business jet to feature Lufthansa Technik’s ground-breaking Nice cabin management system. The company has also brought two Learjets, a 40XR and a 45XR and a super large Global 5000, which will be used for demonstration flights during the show.

Source: Flight Daily News