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BOMBARDIER Challenger 600

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Name Challenger 600
Manufacturer BOMBARDIER
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing (winglets)
Tail T-tail
WTC Medium
Type code L2J
Aerodrome Reference Code 3A
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Both sides of rear fuselage
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 3

Manufacturered as:

CANADAIR Challenger 605
CANADAIR Challenger 604
CANADAIR Challenger 601
CANADAIR Challenger 600
CANADAIR CE-144A Challenger 600
CANADAIR CC-144B Challenger 601
CANADAIR CC-144 Challenger 600
CANADAIR C-143 Challenger 604
CANADAIR CL-600 Challenger 604
CANADAIR CL-600 Challenger 601
CANADAIR CL-600 Challenger 600
CANADAIR CL-600 Challenger 605

BOMBARDIER Challenger 600

BOMBARDIER Challenger 600 BOMBARDIER Challenger 600 3D


The Bombardier Challenger 600 series (600/601/604/605) is a family of business jets designed by Bill Lear and produced first by Canadair until that company was bought by Bombardier Aerospace in 1986. The Challenger was one of the first business jets designed with a supercritical wing.

Technical Data

Wing span 19.6 m64.304 ft
Length 20.85 m68.406 ft
Height 6.3 m20.669 ft
Powerplant 2 x General Electric CF34-3A
Engine model General Electric CF34

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 432 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance 1730 m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH 0.75 ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance 1000 m
MTOW 1950019,500 kg
19.5 tonnes
Ceiling FL450 ROD ft/min APC C
WTC M Range 34003,400 nm
6,296,800 m
6,296.8 km
20,658,792.666 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving CL60

  • CL60, Almaty Kazakstan, 2007 (On 26 December 2007, a Bombardier Challenger crashed after its crew lost roll control during rotation for a night take off. The Investigation concluded that an asymmetric loss of lift had occurred and that this had probably been a consequence of ineffective pre-flight ground de-icing aggravated by departure without the wing anti-ice system on. It was also considered that an excessive rate of rotation with a contaminated wing could have contributed to the loss of control and that the wing of this aircraft type is widely known to be hypersensitive to frozen deposits contamination of the leading edge.)
  • CL60, Birmingham UK, 2002 (On 4 January 2002, a Challenger 604 operated by Epps Air Service, crashed on takeoff from Birmingham, UK, following loss of control due to airframe icing.)
  • CL60, Lexington KY USA, 2006 (On 27 August 2006, a CL60, belonging to Comair, crashed after taking off from the wrong runway at Lexington, Kentucky, USA.)
  • CL60, Montrose USA, 2004 (On 28 November 2004, a Challeger 601 operated by Global Aviation crashed on takeoff from Montrose, Colorado, USA, following loss of control due to airframe icing.)
  • CL60, Teterboro USA, 2005 (On 2 February 2005, a Challenger, belonging to Platinum Jet Management, crashed after taking off from Teterboro, New Jersey, USA. The aircraft's center of gravity was well forward of the forward takeoff limit.)
  • CRJ2, Dubai UAE, 2011 (On 9 May 2011, a Bombardier CRJ 200 being operated by Gama Aviation on a positioning flight from Dubai to Dammam Saudi Arabia with just the flight crew and one cabin crew on board inadvertently attempted to take off at night in normal visibility aligned along the right hand edge of runway 30 for which take off clearance had been given. The error was not detected until a collision with a lighting installation after which a high speed rejected take off was made. There were no injuries but damage was caused to the right hand wing by impact with the fixed lighting which was also damaged.)