Check out this article about new plans from Bombardier regarding new, lighter wings to be incorporated on its Global 7000!
Bombardier Business Aircraft is planning to incorporate a slightly lighter wing on its Global 7000, beginning with its fifth flight-test vehicle (FTV), but the company maintains that the certification program for what will become its top-of-the-line business jet remains on track for entry into service in late 2018. The company is not detailing the changes involved with the wing, but stresses that the only change involves the weight, not aerodynamics.
Bombardier had remained quiet about the issues related to the rework of the wing until earlier this year, when Alain Bellemare, Bombardier Inc. president and CEO, confirmed that weight was a factor. He told analysts during the company’s quarterly results call in February that “it’s not a new wing…just a lighter wing…There’s not much change to that.”
Bellemare added that the design of the wing is largely completed. “We’re in the final phase here of making sure that the ‘lightweight wing’ as we call it is being finalized,” he said in February. Since then, both Crowley and Bellemare have been upbeat about the progress of the program, with Triumph having delivered not only the wing for FTV4, but the lightweight wing for FTV5, along with those for the first few production models.