Bombardier Challenger 300

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Challenger 300
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A Bombardier Challenger 300 lifts off from London Luton Airport
Role Business jet
Manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace (Learjet in Wichita, KS)
First flight 14 August 2001[1]
Status In production
Number built 400
Unit cost
$20 million (2008)[2]

The Bombardier BD-100 Challenger 300 is a super-mid-sized jet capable of traversing transcontinental distances. It is not developmentally related to the similarly named Challenger 600 series, or the 600-derived Challenger 800 series.

Design and development[edit]

Bombardier Challenger 300
TAG Aviation Challenger 300

The project was launched at the Paris Air Show on July 13, 1999, at which time it was called the Bombardier Continental. It was a "clean sheet" design, assembled in Bombardier's Learjet plant at Wichita Mid-Continent airport, Kansas.[3] The jet was renamed in September 2002 after much debate about which category (Learjet, Challenger, or Global) the new aircraft fit into.[4] It entered commercial service in January 2004.[5][6]

Variants[edit]

Challenger 300
Also given the designation Bombardier BD-100, the Challenger 300 is the baseline version of the Challenger300 family.
Challenger 350
On May 20, 2013 Bombardier announced the Challenger 350, an improved version of the 300, and promised to begin deliveries in May 2014 at a price of $25.9 million. The Honeywell HTF7350 powered Challenger 350 first flew on March 2, 2013.[7][8]
On 12 June 2014, the Challenger 350 received full type certification from Transport Canada,[9] and shortly after from EASA.[10] The Challenger 350 aircraft is able to carry eight passengers 3,200 nautical miles (5,926 km) non-stop at a cruise speed of Mach 0.80. With its newly derived engines offering increased power and lower emissions, the Challenger 350 also offers the fastest time-to-climb in business aviation.[11] NetJets was its launch customer.

Operators[edit]

 Qatar
 United States
 Poland
 Libya
 United Kingdom
 Iceland

Specifications (Challenger 300)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two (pilot & co-pilot)
  • Capacity: Up to 16 passengers (normally 8)
  • Length: 20.93 m (68 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 19.46 m (63 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 48.5 m2 (522 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 10,591 kg (23,349 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 17,622 kg (38,850 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Honeywell HTF7000 turbofan engines, 30.36 kN (6,825 lbf) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 891 km/h (554 mph; 481 kn)
  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.83
  • Cruising speed: 850 km/h (528 mph; 459 kn)
  • Range: 5,741 km (3,567 mi; 3,100 nmi) at 0.78 Mach
  • Service ceiling: 13,716 m (45,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 25.4 m/s (5,000 ft/min) at 17,622 kg (38,850 lb) max gross weight
  • Wing loading: 359.5 kg/m2 (73.6 lb/sq ft)

Avionics
Rockwell Collins Proline 21

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  • Jackson, Paul. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Information Group, 2003. ISBN 0-7106-2537-5.

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