March 31, 2014

Challenger 605 Overview (2006 – Present)

Overview including differentiating features from other aircraft in its category

The Challenger 605 was introduced with an avionics and structural upgrade on the 604 design with the same two General Electric CF34-3B engines and wings. In a combination of club, divan and individual seating, the Challenger 605 typically carries 10-12 passengers. Structural improvements included larger and higher-positioned cabin windows.

Cockpit instrumentation was updated with new avionics displays and “electronic flight bag” capability. Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 with four-screen display system, offering 55 percent more area and an improved pilot interface.  This model can be visually identified by a new, rounded tailcone.

As of January 2014, the Challenger 605 market is comprised of 56% pre-owned. The percentage for sale is 6.9% with 100% under an exclusive broker agreement and average days on the market are 310 days.

Brief History

Bombardier introduced its Challenger 604 in 1995 as a major upgrade on the Challenger 601 design that incorporated more powerful engines, larger fuel supply, a completely new undercarriage, structural improvements to its wings and tail and a new electronic flight instrumentation system.

Ten years later the Challenger 605 was introduced with an avionics and structural upgrade on the 604 design. Structural improvements included larger cabin windows.

Worldwide Appeal

Of the 232 Challenger 605 aircraft in operation by continent, North America has the largest percentage at 47%, followed Asia by at 26%, and Europe at 24% for a combined total of 97%. Also, only 38% of the 232 Challenger 605 jets in operation today are in fleet ownership with the largest fleet operator (Vista Jet) having 10 aircraft. Interestingly, 7% of the Challenger 605 jets are leased.


CL605 #5821CabinAft JSPerformance

The Challenger 605 is powered by two General Electric CF34-3B engines each offering 8,729 pounds of thrust. The Challenger 605 uses 258 gallons per hour (GPH). The range of the Challenger 605 is 4,047 nm operating under NBAA IFR 4 passengers with available fuel.


The cabin volume for the Challenger 605 is 1,150 cubic feet. Typical configuration features 9 passenger and 2 crew seats.


The Challenger 605 Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) is 48,200 pounds (21,863 kg) with a maximum range of 4,121 nm.


Maximum Cruise Speed: 470 kts 870 km/h
Long-range Speed: 424 kts 785 km/h

Airfield Performance

Takeoff distance: 5,840 ft (1,780 m) (SL, ISA, MTOW)
Landing distance: 2,360 ft (719 m) (SL, ISA, MLW)

Operating Altitude

Maximum operating altitude: 41,000 ft (12,500 m)

Noise Level (EPNdB)

Takeoff: 81.2 Approach: 90.3 Lateral: 86.2


A. Maximum ramp weight: 48,300 lb (21,909 kg)
B. Maximum takeoff weight: 48,200 lb (21,863 kg)
C. Maximum landing weight: 38,000 lb (17,237 kg)
D. Maximum zero fuel weight: 32,000 lb (14,515 kg)
E. Standard basic operating weight: 27,150 lb (12,315 kg)


Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21


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