Read what Robb Report had to say about the smooth-riding Challenger 650 Business Jet
A recent media flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back revealed the Challenger 650's large cabin, ample amenities, wireless connectivity, and comfortable ride - Test Flight: Bombardier Challenger 650
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BY DANIELLE CUTLER
While in town for an event, the Bombardier media team took a few hours out of their busy schedule to take some journalists up in the Challenger 650 large-cabin business jet. Because I hadn't been on a private aircraft in almost 10 years and had just taken over Robb Report's aviation category, I jumped at the opportunity to spend a few hours in the air. We all met at the Clay Lacy FBO at Van Nuys Airport near Los Angeles. As I drove there, the news on the radio reported a windy, windy day in store for Southern California. I began to wonder if we would be able to take flight as planned.
But it proved to be a smooth ride. "A smooth ride is an integral part of the Bombardier design philosophy," said Dominique Cristall, our host and Bombardier's communications, sustainability, and community-affairs advisor.
Bombardier sales engineer Anne-Elisabeth Dutil was onboard to explain technical questions. "Shorter wings clip through the air for a smoother ride," she explained. So true. Apparently, this is a feature that Bombardier touts on all its aircraft—a special wing design for a comfortable flight.
Our ride lapped Las Vegas, soaring over the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. During the flight, we poked and pressed and played with the tables that popped out of the cabin walls; they sat flush with the side so nothing falls in and turned the seating spaces into comfortable dining areas. We explored the entertainment system with controls present at every seat, and we used the Ka Band–powered Wi-Fi to upload photos to social media and email our coworkers back at the office. The short flight allowed us time for lunch, prepared by the Bombardier flight attendant in the galley behind a beautifully finished and electronically controlled closed door.
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