Some people name their cars. Others name boats and airplanes. Bombardier (Booth Z110, Static SD15) has named its five Global 7000 test aircraft, giving each a unique “call sign.”

The names describe the test purposes for each of the five. The first three, called “The Performer,” “The Powerhouse” and “The Navigator” are flying and undergoing flight testing at Bombardier’s Wichita, Kansas, flight test center. Flight Test Vehicle 3 made its first flight on May 10 and flew from Montreal to Wichita the next day. The large-cabin aircraft is on track to enter service in the second half of 2018.

“We’re often asked what the aircraft do, so we thought it would be helpful to give them a ‘call sign,’” said Mark Masluch, a Bombardier spokesman. “To our knowledge this is a first at Bombardier.”

“The Performer” flew for the first time in November. It got its name because the aircraft is being used to test performance and “envelope expansion,” Masluch said. It is dedicated to testing basic system functionality and assessing the aircraft’s handling and flying qualities.

FTV2 was dubbed “The Powerhouse” because it is designated to test the aircraft’s systems, including propulsion and electrical and mechanical systems. The third aircraft, called “The Navigator,” is used to test advanced avionics and electrical system performance and carries forward much of the static testing on the avionics and the aircraft’s fly-by-wire system, Masluch said.

The fourth, which is yet to be registered, is called “The Architect” because it will be equipped with a cabin interior and used for interior validation.

The fifth and final test aircraft is called “The Masterpiece,” because it will be used to pave the way for the aircraft’s entry-into-service, Masluch said.