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Bombardier’s Global Vision Flight Deck on Target

May 11, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland – Bombardier today announced an important milestone in its new Global Vision flight deck development plan.

May 11, 2009  By Carey Fredericks

May 11, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland – Bombardier today announced an important milestone in its new Global Vision flight deck development plan. The new cockpit successfully completed its Power-ON test in winter 2009 and is on target for its first flight on a Global Express XRS aircraft in summer 2009. It is available for both the Global Express XRS and Global 5000 jets.

“The Power-ON test is a significant product milestone. The Global Vision flight deck’s system computers, its flight software and the aircraft systems are powered-up to verify functionality and compatibility. All systems performed as expected,” said Steve Ridolfi, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Global Vision flight deck is an important part of our overall product strategy for the Global aircraft family.”

“The Global Vision flight deck merges leading edge design with advanced technology to deliver a completely new cockpit experience. It pairs the latest technological advancements from Rockwell Collins – the Pro Line Fusion avionics suite – with superior design aesthetics to create the ultimate flight control environment and provides pilots with an unprecedented level of situational awareness and comfort,” continued Mr. Ridolfi.

Avionics suite integrates the latest in advanced technology features The new Pro Line Fusion makes its debut on the Global Vision flight deck. Pro Line Fusion provides an integrated flight deck to ensure interoperability between systems and overall increased efficiency. The avionics suite features four high-resolution 15-inch diagonal active matrix liquid crystal displays working in concert with the Head-up Guidance System (HGS®), personalized formats of display information, electronic checklist, maps with graphical flight planning, integrated cursor control panel, paperless operation enabled by dual electronics charts, future air navigation system, controller-pilot datalink communication and MultiScan™ weather detection system, synthetic vision system and Bombardier’s Enhanced Vision System (BEVS).


The all-new BEVS, featuring the new CMA-2700, – CMC Electronics’ third-generation SureSight® I-Series™ integrated sensor system for enhanced flight vision system applications – will provide pilots with significantly improved situational awareness and the ability to observe runway lights and the runway environment in difficult operating conditions, such as low visibility and darkness. BEVS also offers lower approach minimums under certain situations.

Designed to deliver a seamless visual and functional experience throughout the aircraft The Global Vision flight deck reflects the overall superior design and exceptional aesthetics of Bombardier’s flagship aircraft. The flight deck area is designed to maximize ergonomic function and styled with the same attention to detail and high quality materials used throughout the cabin: luxurious leathers and suedes, brushed chrome and carbon-fibre accents to create an entirely new flight command experience and a wider looking flight deck. Adding to the comfort of the cockpit environment, map lighting and sunvisors are positioned where they are most effective, and storage space within the pilots’ reach has been increased and designed to integrate smoothly into the flight deck area. A darker colour scheme and redesigned seats for both the pilot and co-pilot, which feature carbon-fibre, leather and sheepskin, provide an overall sense of comfort and warmth.

Global 5000: The high-speed Global 5000 jet combines superior transatlantic speed with the largest cabin in the super large segment. The aircraft can connect Atlanta-Honolulu non-stop with eight passengers and three crew.

Global Express XRS: The pioneering Global Express XRS business jet features the largest cabin of any purpose-built corporate aircraft – offering more cabin volume and more floor space than its closest competitor. No other business jet in the ultra long-range segment matches the high-speed range capability delivered by this aircraft. Offering the ultimate in cabin comfort, this impressive jet can link Atlanta-Moscow non-stop with eight passengers and three-to-four crew.


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