For Immediate Release

October 3, 2005
Contact: Holly Baker
Phone: (609)485-6253

Technical Center to Use Aircraft as a Flying Laboratory

EGG HARBOR TWP., N.J. — The Federal Aviation Administration's William J. Hughes Technical Center has taken delivery of a new Bombardier Aerospace Corporation Global 5000 business jet. The $24.8 million, 10-passenger aircraft purchased by the FAA was delivered to the Technical Center in September.

The new aircraft will serve as an airborne research and development laboratory for flight testing in a wide variety of forward-looking aviation safety, navigation, and efficiency-enhancing projects, including the global positioning system. Specifically, the aircraft will support testing of the wide area augmentation and local area augmentation systems, automatic dependent surveillance/broadcast, reduced vertical separation minima, X-band airport surface detection equipment, or ASDE-X, and next generation air-to-ground communications.

"This modern, state-of-the art aircraft represents the equipment, electronic navigation and performance available on the market today," said Technical Center Director Anne Harlan. "It will open a whole new realm of flight testing capabilities at the Technical Center, enabling us to configure everything from regional to large aircraft and to develop new approaches to improve the margin of safety and make the National Airspace System even more efficient."

Certain design features of the Global 5000 make it ideal for flight tests. The aircraft has independent power sources capable of generating the electricity needed for electronic monitoring equipment, and features a total usable cabin volume of 1,882 cubic feet to accommodate extensive research equipment.

It will take several months for center specialists to instrument the aircraft fully and certify it to conduct the complete range of tests planned.

The Bombardier Global 5000 will join the Technical Center's fleet of flying laboratories that includes two Convair CV-580s, a Boeing 727, a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter, an Aero Commander 680E, and a Beech King Air 200.