In a virtual launch event on September 14, Bombardier unveiled its latest addition to the Challenger family, the Challenger 3500.
The Challenger 3500 is a super-midsize business jet that can seat up to 10 passengers. It has a range of 3’400 nm and can reach a maximum speed of 0.83 Mach.
Bombardier expects that the new Challenger will be ready to enter into service by the second half of next year, 2022. It will be Bombardier’s second full aircraft with Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), reflecting the manufacturer’s commitment to achieving sustainability goals. EPD provides detailed information about the aircraft’s lifecycle environmental footprint.
The Challenger 3500 features several cockpit and cabin electronics advancements that first debuted on Bombardier’s Global 7500.
The Challenger 3500’s cockpit system updates…
According to Bombardier, the Challenger 3500’s cockpit system will feature a standard autothrottle system, four cockpit display screens, and synthetic vision. It will also feature a dual flight management system with Localized Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approach. The latest Challenger’s cockpit will include a Head-up-Display (HUD) with Enhanced Vision System (EVS) option.
Other system updates…
The Challenger 3500 will also feature Smart Link Plus, supplied to Bombardier by GE Aviation. Smart Link Plus, an all-in-one avionics computer, collects, stores, and transmits aircraft data and enables automatic transfer of full flight data to an operator’s cloud or ground-based data storage systems. Challenger 3500 pilots will also have access to SITA’s “eco app”, designed specifically to optimize flight plans and reduce fuel burn using SITA’s eWAS Pilot with OptiFlight. On the Challenger 3500, the eWAS app will use data captured from the Smart Link Plus system.
The newest Challenger will feature a voice-controlled cabin management system, similar to that debuted on the Global 7500. The voice-controlled cabin system controls lighting, sound, temperature wireless charging pads, and standard 24-inch 4K displays.