June 8, 2017

Bombardier Challenger 600 Overview (1981-1983)

Product Overview

The Challenger 600 is a twin turbofan large-cabin wide-body business jet best recognized for its very wide cabin (only Falcon 900 is wider; by 1 inch). It was one of the first business jets designed with a supercritical wing. The Challenger 600 has four backup power systems, thrust reversers and APU. It is known to be a spacious, comfortable cabin with low noise and vibration levels.

As of April 2017, 100% of the Challenger 600 aircraft were purchased pre-owned by their current owners. Currently, 24.6% are for sale with a fraction of those (25%) under an exclusive broker agreement. When for sale, the average time on the market is 679 days

Brief History

The Challenger 600 was originally developed in the mid-1970s to be the Learstar 600 in collaboration between Canadair and Bill Lear of Learjet. In 1976 Canadair purchased the Learstar rights and redesigned it to be the Challenger. It was then certified in 1980. A total of 85 Challenger 600 aircraft have been manufactured with 65 in operation today.

Worldwide Appeal

There are 65 Challenger 600 aircraft in operation today. 64 of these are wholly owned with 1 in shared ownership. 1 of the 65 is currently leased. North America has the largest percentage of Challenger 600 aircraft (75%), followed by Asia (14%).



Two Lycoming ALF-502L engines power the Challenger 600, offering 7,500 pounds of thrust and using 316 gallons per hour (GPH). The range of the Challenger 600 is 2,909 nm operating under NBAA IFR 4 passengers with available fuel.


The cabin volume for the Challenger 600 is 1,146 cubic feet. Typical configuration features 11 passenger and 2 crew seats.


Maximum Cruise Speed: 458 kts 848 km/h
Long-range Speed: 401 kts 743 km/h

Airfield Performance

Takeoff distance: 5,700 ft (1,737 m) (SL, ISA, MTOW)
Landing distance: 3,050 ft (930 m) (SL, ISA, MLW)

Operating Altitude

Maximum operating altitude: 41,000 ft (12,497 m)


A. Maximum ramp weight: 41,400 lb (18,779 kg)
B. Maximum takeoff weight: 41,250 lb (18,711 kg)
C. Maximum landing weight: 36,000 lb (16,330 kg)
D. Maximum zero fuel weight: 28,500 lb (12,928 kg)
E. Standard basic operating weight: 24,150 lb (10,954 kg)


The Challenger 600 was introduced before EFIS was commonly available and so the 600’s panel was fitted with analog electromechanical ADI’s and HSI’s, the Sperry SPZ-600 analog flight guidance system and SPZ-650 autopilot, an analog air data computer Primus 400 weather radar and Collins Pro Line 1 comm/nav/ident radios.


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