Global 7000 test aircraft forced to land
One of the three current Bombardier Global 7000 test vehicles (TVs) suffered an engine flame-out during a test flight earlier this month. According to a company statement, both Bombardier and engine provider General Electric (GE) concluded that the incident was “an isolated event.”
The Global 7000 is powered by GE’s Passport engine, which obtained FAA type certification in early 2016. Statements in several other media outlets suggest that the engine was shut down quickly during the incident, and the pilots landed the aircraft safe and sound.
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“Safety is our top priority,” the company statement further read. “Our test pilots, following an occurrence last week, followed standard procedures and returned to base uneventfully.”
The company further states that the Global 7000 aircraft program’s flight and ground test campaigns are still on track for entry-into-service (EIS) in 2H-2018. Six customer aircraft are already in production and final assembly line activities are ramping up, while the fourth and fifth test aircraft will join the test fleet in the near future.