Bombardier Challenger 600

The Challenger 600 offers much more cabin space than similar aircraft. It is quiet, fairly economical, handles well, pilot friendly, transporting passengers in comfort at transcontinental range.

The cabin has a width of 8.2 feet and a height of 6.1 feet, and is  configured to seat between nine and twelve passengers, but can be configured for as many as nineteen. The cabin is luxurious with very low noise and vibration levels. There are 115 cubic feet of baggage space available in an internal compartment.

Two Avco Lycoming ALF502L engines power the Challenger 600. They were modified to add supercharger stages to the low-pressure compressor, enabling more than 7,500 pounds of thrust on takeoff. The Challenger 600 can take off in 5,700 feet at sea level, or in 7,350 feet at 5,000 feet at a temperature of 77° Fahrenheit.  Except when flying against the strongest headwinds, it can cross the United States nonstop. At its top cruise speed, it flies at 443 ktas at an altitude of 39,000 feet (far above most air traffic), or it can cruise at 425 ktas at 43,000 for long-range trips. It burns 1,710 pounds of fuel per hour at its long-range cruise performance levels, or 1,910 pounds per hour at maximum speed. On average, it consumes 262 gallons of fuel per hour.

The Challenger 600 has four backup power systems. Its primary system is the 115-VAC 400-Hz electrical system, providing more power and voltage than the DC power systems usually installed in business jets. An AC alternator serves as the first backup system, and an AlliedSignal GTCP 36-100E APU along with another AC generator and air-driven generator (ADG) are the second and third backups. This system powers many of the Challenger 600’s functions: hydraulic pumps, wing flaps, landing lights, and various anti-ice systems. Its bleed air is used to start the engines and control environmental systems.

Primary navigation is provided by the Sperry SPZ-650 analog flight guidance system including Primus 400 weather radar, dual-channel SPZ-650 autopilot, a GNS-500 VLF/Omega navigation system, and several other situational awareness systems.

Bombardier Challenger 600Specifications
Fuselage DimensionsUS standard
Length :68.4 (ft)
Height :20.7 (ft)
Wing Span :64.3 (ft)
Cabin Dimensions
Length :28' 3'' (ft)(in)
Height :6' 0'' (ft)(in)
Width :8' 2'' (ft)(in)
Typical Configuration
Crew :
Passengers :11 
Pressurization :9.3 (psi)
Fuel Capacity
Standard :15,069 (lbs)
Standard :2,216 (gal)
Optional :16,665 (lbs)
Optional :2,487 (gal)
Max. Ramp :41,400 (lbs)
Max. Takeoff :41,250 (lbs)
Zero Fuel :28,500 (lbs)
Basic Operating :24,150 (lbs)
Max. Landing :36,000 (lbs)
Vs Clean :122 (kn)
Vso Landing :102 (kn)
Normal Cruise TAS :442 (kn)
Vmo (Max Op) IAS :365 (kn)
Normal :3,488 (fpm)
Engine Out :743 (fpm)
Ceiling :41,000 (ft)
Landing Performance
FAA Field Length :3,050 (ft)
Takeoff Performance
SL ISA BFL :5,700 
5000' +20C BFL :8,750 
Range :2,909 (nm)
Number of :
Model(s) :ALF-502L 
Thrust (per engine) :7,500 (lbs)
Shaft (per engine) :0 (hp)
Common TBO Hours :

Direct Costs Per Hour
(US Standard)
Dollar (US)
  Fuel Cost Per Gallon$4.64
  Additive Cost Per Gallon0
  Burn Rate (Gallons Per Hour)$262
  Labor Cost Per Hour$159.84
  Parts Cost Per Hour$175.47
Engine Overhaul$269.66
Thrust Reverse Overhaul$13
Miscellaneous Flight Expenses0
  Landing-Parking Fee0
  Crew Expenses0
Total Direct Costs$1,833.65
Block Speed Statute Miles Per Hour375
Total Cost Per Statute Mile$4.89

Annual Fixed Costs (US Standard)Dollar (US)
Crew Salaries$265,550
  Capt. Salary$148,000
  Co-pilot Salary$87,000
Hangar Cost$97,000
  Legal Liability$22,000
Misc. Overhead$66,479
  Nav. Equipment$2,200
Total Fixed Costs$478,539

Annual Budget (US Standard)Dollar (US)
Number of Seats11
Total Direct Costs$977,335
Total Fixed Costs$478,539
Total Cost (Fixed & Direct)$1,455,874
  Cost/Statute Mile$7.28
  Cost/Seat Mile$0.66
Total Cost (No Depreciation)$1,429,624
  Cost/Statute Mile$7.15
  Cost/Seat Mile$0.65
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