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Bombardier reveals EcoJet

Also launches certified pre-owned program

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.

Bombardier revealed the blended wing body design it has been working on in a secretive program that seeks to cut aircraft emissions in half. Image courtesy of Bombardier.

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.

Bombardier also announced it has begun offering Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) aircraft in the United States. Bombardier’s know-how as an aircraft manufacturer enables it to access the best selection of Bombardier pre-owned aircraft on the market. These aircraft—purchased and refurbished as necessary by Bombardier before being offered for sale as CPO—promise the highest quality and reliability, and are expected to sell for a 10-percent premium above typical market value.

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.

Bombardier has flown a prototype that the company hopes to scale up. Photo courtesy of Bombardier.
Alyssa J. Miller
Kollin Stagnito
Senior Vice President of Media
Senior Vice President of Media Kollin Stagnito is a commercial pilot, advanced and instrument ground instructor and a certificated remote pilot. He owns a 1953 Cessna 170B.
Topics: National Business Aviation Association, Technology

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