Aircraft Overview: Bombardier Global 6500
The Global 6500 is a twin-engine, ultra-long-range-category business jet produced by Canadian manufacturer Bombardier. Part of the company’s Global line of business jets, the Global 6500— along with the Global 5500—was announced by the company on May 27, 2018. Following the completion of its flight-test program, the Global 6500—which, along with the Global Express and Global 6000, are marketing designations for the BD-700-1A10 type—was certified by Transport Canada on Aug. 26, 2019.
As is the case with all Global airframes based on the BD-700-1A10, -1A11 and -2A12, the Global 6500 can accommodate a maximum of 19 passengers. The cabin has a length of 43 ft. 3 in.—measured between the cockpit divider and the rear portion of the cabin, but not including the airplane’s baggage compartment—width of 7 ft. 11 in. and height of 6 ft. 2 in., with the cabin promoted as being the “widest in class.” The cabin itself is divided into several different “living spaces,” including a four-seat club suite, a conference suite that has a table which can seat as many as six and, in the aft portion of the cabin, a private suite that has an en suite bathroom.
The two required pilots operate the Global 6500 using Bombardier’s Vision flight deck that includes four displays arranged in a T-configuration and which can also be equipped with a combined vision system (CVS) that integrates the enhanced and synthetic vision system “images in a single view on the head-up display [HUD].” Additional avionics features include automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) In capability, graphical flight planning, MultiScan weather radar, Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) and Controller-Pilot Data-Link Communications (CPDLC). The Global 6500’s PBN capabilities allow it to utilize satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS) such as the wide area augmentation system (WAAS) to conduct localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches, in addition to being able to perform required navigation performance authorization required (RNP AR) approaches.
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