Bombardier Challenger 350
The Bombardier Challenger 350 is a twin-engine, fanjet aircraft with a retractable gear. The Challenger 350 is a low-wing airplane produced by Bombardier between the years 2004 and 2014, Serial Numbers 4 through 457. It seats up to 8 passengers and 2 pilots.
Wing span: 69 ft
Wing area: 523 sq.ft.
Length: 68 ft 8 in
Height: 20 ft
Cabin Height: 6 ft 0 In
Cabin Width: 7 ft 2 In
Cabin Length: 25 ft 2 In
Max TO weight 40,600 LBS
Empty Weight: 24,800 LBS
Fuel capacity: 14,150 LBS
Maximum Payload: 3,400 LBS
Horsepower: 7,323 LBS
Overhaul (HT): Engine Maintenance Program
Available Head-up Display (HUD) with Enhanced Vision System (EVS)
Collins Aerospace ProLine 21 Advanced avionics suite with four large displays
Dual Flight Management System with LPV and RNP approach capabilities
Synthetic Vision System (SVS)
Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS)
MultiScan™ weather radar
Dual Inertial Reference System (IRS)
Dual SBAS/WAAS GPS
Performance specifications on Bombardier Challenger 350
|Thrust: 7323.00 x 2||Gross Weight: 40,600 lbs|
|Top Speed: 553 kts||Empty Weight: 24,800 lbs|
|Cruise Speed: 533 kts||Fuel Capacity: 14,150 lbs|
|Stall Speed (dirty):||Range: 3,200 nmi|
|Rate of Climb:||Rate of Climb (One Engine):|
|Service Ceiling: 45,000||Ceiling (One Engine):|
|Ground Roll: 4,835||Ground Roll 2,364|
|Takeoff Roll Over 50 ft:||Landing Roll Over 50 ft:|
The Bombardier Challenger 300 is a 3,100 nmi (5,700 km) range business jet made by Bombardier Aerospace. Announced at the 1999 Paris Air Show, it made its maiden flight on 14 August 2001, received its Canadian type approval on 31 May 2003 and was introduced on 8 January 2004. The Challenger 350 is a slightly improved 3,200 nmi (5,900 km) range variant which first flew on 2 March 2013 and was approved on 11 June 2014. By December 2017, over 650 were delivered including over 200 Bombardier Challenger 350.
Challenger 300 (2004-2014) Serial Numbers 7 through 457
The baseline Challenger 300 was launched at the 1999 Paris Air Show as the Bombardier Continental. An all-new design, it received Transport Canada type approval on 31 May 2003, followed on 4 June by US FAR 25 certification and on 31 July by European JAR 25 approval. Assembled in Wichita, Kansas, it entered commercial service on 8 January 2004 with Flexjet. The new design is not developed from the Challenger 600 or its variants.
Its supercritical wings have a fixed leading-edge and a 27% sweep angle, its 3.8 ft winglets reduce cruise lift-induced drag by 17%. It climbs to FL410 in 18 min with a 1,003 lb fuel burn at MTOW/ISA, where at a 31,590 lb weight it burns 1,500 lb/h at Mach 0.8 / 445 kn tas, 1,929 lb/h at Mach 0.83 / 465 kn tas.
The fuselage and the wing are semi-monocoque aluminum structures, the winglets are composite. Outboard ailerons are manually actuated, elevators and rudder are hydraulic with a mechanical backup, fly-by-wire spoilers augment roll control, act as speedbrakes and dump lift on the ground, hydraulic single-slotted fowler flap have four positions : 0/10/20/30°. The Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics include four LCD displays, an EICAS and Maintenance Diagnostics Computer, an EGPWS, a TCAS II and an ELT.
Challenger 350 (2014-2019) Serial Numbers 501 through 788
The improved variant first flew on March 2, 2013, was unveiled at the next May EBACE and was due to enter service in May 2014. Combined with a more luxurious interior and 20% taller cabin windows, it costs $1 million more at $25.9 million. Its launch customer, NetJets, ordered 75 firm and 125 options. It received its type certification from Transport Canada on June 11, 2014, from the FAA on June 25 and from the EASA on September 2. In 2018, 60 Challenger 350s were delivered as Bombardier claims a 58% market share of the super mid-size segment, and the 300th delivery was reached in July 2019, after five years of service.
Hot-section modifications and a FADEC push gave the Honeywell HTF7350 7.3% more takeoff thrust at 7,323 lbf with the same flat rating, durability and reliability. A strengthened wing with canted winglets and more span allows for 900 lb more full fuel payload. Canted winglets have a less acute angle that reduces transonic drag and enlarge the span by 5.2 ft , increasing wing area and aspect ratio. At a weight of 30,200 lb it cruises at Mach 0.80 / 455 kn TAS and is advertised as burning 1,535 lb per hour.
Bombardier maintenance program runs $277 per hour and inspection intervals are at 600 hr. The avionics include four Adaptive LCD Displays, Dual FMS with LPV and RNP approaches capability, SVS, a MultiScan, Weather Radar, Dual IRS, dual SBAS GPS, integrated EFIS and dual VHF and HF radios. It is able to carry eight passengers over a 3,200 nmi range at a Mach 0.80 long-range cruise. It is manufactured in Canada.
In November 2014, for nearly one million hours of operations, the 448 Challenger 300 in service had a 99.79% dispatch reliability rate ; five-year-old aircraft retain 64% of their original value. At the end of 2015, 550 Challenger 300/350 were in service : 402 in North America, 75 in Western Europe, 37 in Latin America, 12 in Eastern Europe, seven in India, six in Africa and China, four in Asia Pacific and one the in Middle East ; the largest operator was Flexjet with 30 Challenger 300s and seven 350s, then Netjets with 26 delivered, including four to Netjets Europe.
In 2017, facing competition, Bombardier discounted the price of the Challenger 300/350 by $7 million to match the Embraer Legacy 500's $20 million price. Over 200 Challenger 350 were delivered by December 2017, for over 650 challenger 300 Series deliveries.
Specifications vs Challenger 300
|Variant||Challenger 300||Challenger 350|
|Capacity||eight to nine||nine (standard)|
|Length||68.63 ft / 20.92 m|
|Span||63.84 ft / 19.46 m||69 ft 0 in / 21.0 m|
|Height||20.33 ft / 6.20 m||20 ft 0 in / 6.1 m|
|Wing Area||523 ft2 / 48.5 m2|
|MTOW||38,850 lb / 17,622 kg||40,600 lb / 18,416 kg|
|OEW||23,500 lb / 10,659 kg||24,800 lb / 11,249 kg|
|Fuel capacity||14,150 lb / 6,418 kg|
|Maximum payload||3,500 lb / 1,588 kg||3,400 lb / 1,542 kg|
|Wing loading||74.3 lb/ft2/ 363.3 kg/m2||77.6 lb/ft2 / 379.7 kg/m2|
|Turbofans (2×)||Honeywell HTF7000||Honeywell HTF7350|
|Thrust||6,826 lbf / 30.4 kN||7,323 lbf / 33 kN|
|Maximum speed||Mach 0.82 / 470 kn / 870 km/h||Mach 0.83 / 477 kn / 882 km/h|
|Cruise speed||Mach 0.80 / 459 kn / 850 km/h|
|Range||3,100 nmi / 5,741 km||3,200 nmi / 5,926 km|
|Ceiling||45,000 ft / 13,716 m|
|Takeoff||4,810 ft / 1,466 m||4,835 ft / 1,474 m|
|Landing||2,600 ft / 792 m||2,710 ft / 826 m|