Bombardier revealed exclusive images of its next-generation EcoJet prototype during the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas.
The EcoJet sustainability-focused research and technology initiative—started 15 years ago—aims to reduce aircraft emissions by up to 50 percent through a combination of aerodynamic, propulsion, and other enhancements. It has since evolved into a family of blended wing body (BWB) test vehicles, with flight tests being conducted to develop and mature relevant technologies. For example, Bombardier is developing and testing new control laws that are being adapted to radically different BWB geometry, with data analysis helping to refine Bombardier’s intellectual property of BWB flight control. Bombardier has been testing this latest EcoJet prototype in a secret location in North America.
Finally, Bombardier and Duncan Aviation announced the introduction of Gogo Business Aviation’s 5G broadband system, offering air-to-ground high-speed internet connection, in Bombardier Global Express; Global Express XRS; and Global 5000, 5500, 6000, and 6500 aircraft through the provisional installation of MB13 multi-band antennas. Installations in Challenger aircraft are expected at the beginning of 2024. Gogo’s 5G network—available throughout the contiguous United States and parts of Canada, and providing 80 Mbps speeds compared to 4G’s 10 Mbps—is designed specifically for business aviation.