â€œOn November 4, 2016, the inaugural flight test vehicleâ€¦took to the skies for the first time,â€ it said. â€œToday, [it] has officially completed all of its flight testing and is going into retirement. Mission accomplished.â€
However, Bombardier said the aircraft itself is far from being retired. Instead, FTV1 has recently been painted at the companyâ€™s Global Completion Center, serving as a dress rehearsal for the paint shop, which was recently expanded to accommodate the larger model. The airplane will also be used as a demonstrator and appear at local and company events ahead of the first production Global 7500â€™s expected service entry in the fourth quarter. In addition, Bombardierâ€™s customer experience team is using FTV1 to validate all instruction manuals and procedural guidelines.
Meanwhile, the company said the rest of its Global 7500 flight-test fleetâ€”FTV2 through FTV5â€”is wrapping up the final testing. To date, the five test aircraft have accumulated more than 2,700 flight hours altogether.
FONTE: AINonline by Chad Trautvetter