BOMBARDIER ANNOUNCED on July 30, 2018, that it had delivered a second Challenger 650 aircraft to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega on July 25, 2018.
The aircraft will be used for air ambulance operations and are fitted with specialised equipment for airborne intensive care of patients.
The company said that a third aircraft will also be delivered in the near future, completing Rega’s transition from its older fleet of Challenger 604 business jets.
David Coleal, President of Bombardier Business Aircraft, said: “Over the years, Bombardier Challenger aircraft have proven their reliability and endurance and helped Rega come to the aid of so many people. We are extremely proud to have our aircraft continue to play a part in life-saving work.”
He added: “The Challenger 650 aircraft is an ideal air ambulance vehicle, robust and versatile with a smooth ride that is essential when delivering in-flight medical care.”
In other news, Bombardier announced on July 16, 2018, that its Challenger 350 business jet had achieved steep approach certification from Transport Canada.
The certification will allow operators of the aircraft to perform landings up to an approach angle of 5.5 degrees, under strict conditions.
The company said that the certification clears the way for operations into airports with steep approach requirements and short runways, such as London City Airport (LCY).
The company said that both US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Air Safety Agency (EASA) certification was expected during the second half of 2018.
Peter Likoray, Bombardier Business Jets’ Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, said: “This truly is a major milestone for the Challenger 350 programme.”
Bombardier said that existing Challenger 350 operators will be able to have the steep approach capability installed in their aircraft as a retrofit option.
The company has also recently announced that it will offer Head-up Display (HUD) and Enhanced Vision System (EVS) capabilities as an option for the Challenger 350.