Flight testing begins with the second Nexcelle-equipped Bombardier Global 7000 business aircraft
March 10, 2017
The no. 2 Bombardier Global 7000 entered the business aircraft’s flight test and certification program this week, powered by GE Aviation’s Passport engines equipped with Nexcelle nacelles.
Following initial evaluations performed from Bombardier’s Toronto, Canada facility earlier this month, Flight Test Vehicle 2 (FTV 2) was flown to the company’s test center in Wichita, Kansas – where it joined the FTV 1 aircraft, which has logged more than 140 hours aloft since its maiden takeoff in November 2016.
FTV2 is named “The Powerhouse,” with its mission to test propulsion, electrical, mechanical and other aircraft systems.
As the flagship of Bombardier’s Global family of large business jets, the Global 7000 is powered by two integrated propulsion systems (IPS) composed of the Passport turbofan engine with the nacelle system developed by Nexcelle parent companies Safran Nacelles and GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS).
For the Global 7000, the Passport has a 16,500-lb. thrust rating. Its long-duct, mixed-flow nacelle configuration is designed to optimize aircraft performance and provide enhanced passenger experience and comfort.
Under the Nexcelle joint venture work sharing arrangement, MRAS supplies the nacelle system’s inlet, fan cowls and apron adapter for the Global 7000’s side-fuselage mounted Passport powerplants, while Safran Nacelles produces the target-type thrust reverser.
Design features of the Nexcelle nacelles include the use of composites for lighter weight, and the target-type thrust reverser design with kicker plates and fixed nozzle for consistent cruise performance and enhanced thrust efficiency when deployed in the reverse mode.
The Global 7000 aircraft is scheduled to enter service in the second half of 2018.