Bombardier Challenger 300

The Challenger 300 offers much more cabin space than similar aircraft. It is quiet, fairly economical, handles well, pilot friendly, transporting passengers in comfort at transcontinental range.

With its very large cabin, the Challenger 300 excels with high performance. It falls into the “super-midsize” private jet class, along with jets like the Citation X and the Gulfstream G200. It can fly eight passengers coast-to-coast nonstop with relatively low operating costs.

The interior is laid out in a double-club configuration or a 3 place divan can substitute four of the club seats. The cabin extends to a  length of 16.5 feet, a height of 6.1 feet, and a width of 7.2 feet. The 106 cubic feet of baggage (750 pounds) stored in an exterior compartment is accessible in-flight through the fully enclosed lavatory. A forward luggage closet optional is available.

The Challenger 300 can fly eight passengers 3,560 miles (3,100 nautical miles) at .80 Mach. It can take off in 4,810 feet and climb to a cruise altitude of 37,000 feet in fourteen minutes, then comfortably cruising to a flight ceiling of 45,000 feet, above most inclement weather and other air traffic. This Challenger jet uses two Honeywell HTF 7000 turbofan engines, flat rated to 6,826 pounds of thrust each. It also has a fairly high maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 38,850 pounds.

The aerodynamic structure of the Challenger 300 was fine-tuned with the help of a supercomputer program that created 3-D models of the transonic airflow around the wing and fuselage. Most of the jet is made of aluminum. It uses high-intensity-discharge xenon landing lights (the only super-midsize jet to do so) that have a life of more than 10,000 hours. A new troubleshooting software system is included with the jet, which offers mechanics step-by-step instructions on finding and fixing problems, cutting down on maintenance time and labor costs.

The Challenger 300 uses the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system, with four 12×10 inch LCD screens. The EICAS (Engine Indication and Crew Alerting System) comes standard, which gives engine performance information such as fuel flow, oil and turbine temperatures, torque, and visual deicing and environmental control information. Other systems include the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) and the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II). Important functions such as engine startup are almost completely automated.

Direct Costs Per Hour (US Standard)Dollar (US)
Fuel$1,234.24
  Fuel Cost Per Gallon$4.64
  Additive Cost Per Gallon0
  Burn Rate (Gallons Per Hour)266
Maintenance$335.31
  Labor Cost Per Hour$159.84
  Parts Cost Per Hour$175.47
Engine Overhaul$171.74
Thrust Reverse Overhaul13
Miscellaneous Flight Expenses0
  Landing-Parking Fee0
  Crew Expenses0
  Supplies-Catering0
Total Direct Costs$1,754.29
Block Speed Statute Miles Per Hour434
Total Cost Per Statute Mile4.04


Annual Fixed Costs (US Standard)Dollar (US)
Crew Salaries$241,820
  Capt. Salary$129,000
  Co-pilot Salary$85,000
  Benefits$27,820
Hangar Cost$97,000
Insurance$37,795
  Hull$15,795
  Legal Liability$22,000
Misc. Overhead$63,803
  Training$36,237
  Modernization$25,366
  Nav. Equipment$2,200
Depreciation$303,750
Total Fixed Costs$744,168


Annual Budget (US Standard)Dollar (US)
Number of Seats8
Miles200,000
Hours461
Total Direct Costs$808,728
Total Fixed Costs$744,168
Total Cost (Fixed & Direct)$1,552,896
  Cost/Hour$3,368.54
  Cost/Statute Mile$7.76
  Cost/Seat Mile$0.97
Total Cost (No Depreciation)$1,249,146
 Cost/Hour$2,709.64
  Cost/Statute Mile$6.25
  Cost/Seat Mile$0.78


Bombardier Challenger 300Specifications
Fuselage DimensionsUS standard
Length :68.6 (ft)
Height :20.0 (ft)
Wing Span :63.8 (ft)
Cabin Dimensions
Length :28' 6'' (ft)(in)
Height :6' 0'' (ft)(in)
Width :7' 2'' (ft)(in)
Typical Configuration
Crew :
Passengers :
Pressurization :8.8 (psi)
Fuel Capacity
Standard :14,045 (lbs)
Standard :2,096 (gal)
Optional :
Optional :
Weight
Max. Ramp :39,000 (lbs)
Max. Takeoff :38,850 (lbs)
Zero Fuel :27,000 (lbs)
Basic Operating :23,500 (lbs)
Max. Landing :33,750 (lbs)
Speed
Vs Clean :131 (kn)
Vso Landing :124 (kn)
Normal Cruise TAS :470 (kn)
Vmo (Max Op) IAS :320 (kn)
Climb
Normal :2,642 (fpm)
Engine Out :474 (fpm)
Ceiling :45,000 (ft)
Landing Performance
FAA Field Length :2,290 (ft)
Takeoff Performance
SL ISA BFL :4,810 
5000' +20C BFL :6,860 
Range
Range :3,250 (nm)
Engines
Number of :
Model(s) :HTF7000 
Thrust (per engine) :6,826 (lbs)
Shaft (per engine) :0 (hp)
Common TBO Hours :

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