Bombardier’s Challenger 605 large-cabin business jet took off for the first time from Montreal Trudeau International airport last week. The aircraft flew for 3h23min, reaching an altitude of 41,000ft (12,496m) and a speed of 420kt (780km/h).


Take-off weight was 17,550kg (38,730lb), of which 5,670kg was fuel. Bombardier says the flight was dedicated to testing “basic system functionality and assessing the handling and flying qualities of the aircraft”, including flight-control checks and avionics testing. Featuring a redesigned interior, larger cabin windows and new tailcone, the aircraft is due to enter service in the third quarter of 2007. Launched in November 2005, the Challenger 605 succeeds the 604 model and has a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics suite.

Source: Flight International