Bombardier Challenger 300

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Challenger 300
Role Business jet
Manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace (Learjet in Wichita, KS)
First flight 14 August 2001[1]
Status In production
Number built 500 (as of May 2015)[2]
Unit cost
$35 million (2008)[3]

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.[4] The jet was renamed in September 2002 after much debate about which category (Learjet, Challenger, or Global) the new aircraft fit into.[5] It entered commercial service in January 2004.[6][7]

Variants[edit]

Challenger 300
Also given the designation Bombardier BD-100, the Challenger 300 is the baseline version of the Challenger 300 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.[8][9]
On 12 June 2014, the Challenger 350 received full type certification from Transport Canada,[10] and shortly after from EASA.[11] 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.[12]

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]

  1. ^ Jackson 2003, p. 43.
  2. ^ "NetJets Europe Unveils First Signature Series Challenger 350 Aircraft At EBACE". 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-18. 
  3. ^ "Mrs Praful Patel, Venugopal Dhoot flew with Modi". The Times of India. 2010-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Bombardier Challenger 300 Fact Sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Bombardier Undertakes a Rebranding: Learjet, Challenger and Global, Period". Retrieved 2006-03-09. 
  6. ^ "BOMBARDIER CHALLENGER 300 SUPER MIDSIZE CORPORATE BUSINESS JET, CANADA". Retrieved 2006-03-09. 
  7. ^ "The Bombardier BD-100 Challenger 300". Retrieved 2006-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Bombardier Unveils Challenger 350". Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  9. ^ Aviation Week & Space Technology: 68. 14 October 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ flightglobal.com - Challenger 350 receives Transport Canada certification
  11. ^ Van Wagenen, Juliet. "Bombardier Challenger 350 Receives EASA Certification" Aviation Today, 4 September 2014. Accessed: 8 September 2014.
  12. ^ bombardier.com - Challenger 350 performance
  • 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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