Bombardier has been honoured for its engineering achievements on the Global 7500 programme, winning the 2019 Ontario Professional Engineers Award (OPEA) for Engineering Project or Achievement. The awards are held annually to mark major projects developed with significant input by Ontario engineers.
The award – co-sponsored by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and Professional Engineers Ontario – was presented at the OPEA gala held in Mississauga on 16 November 2019.
“Our Global 7500 business jet has redefined the limits of business aviation, and we are very proud that it is built using state-of-the-art manufacturing tools and processes at our Toronto facility,” said Michel Ouellette, senior vice president of programme management and engineering at Bombardier Aviation. “Of the string of awards this impressive aircraft has already received, this recognition from our home peers is particularly satisfying because it honours Bombardier’s world-class engineering leadership and the ground-breaking engineering efforts that helped bring the design of this technologically advanced aircraft to the market.”
The clean-sheet design and development involved the collaboration of more than 2,000 Bombardier engineers and suppliers. The engineering effort entailed millions of hours invested by dozens of teams and involved the coordination and teamwork of numerous major structural and systems suppliers.
Bombardier highlighted the advanced wing design and fly-by-wire cockpit technology among the design innovations on the programme, as well as its manufacturing process. The aircraft is assembled at Bombardier’s Toronto facility using highly repeatable processes. The company says technology including laser-guided positioning and sophisticated robotics contributes to achieving predictable outcomes and the highest quality.
In addition to the 2019 OPEA Award, the Global 7500 has been recognised as Business Jet of the Year in Robb Report’s Best of the Best 2019, winner of the 2019 Aviation Week Grand Laureate Award in the Business Aviation category and has earned a 2018 Red Dot award for design.
Bombardier Aviation has a backlog of $15.3bn, with the Global 7500 forming a solid portion of that, distributed over the next few years.