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Bombardier Aerospace Considers Fly-By-Wire System for BRJ-X.

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 14, 1999--

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it is developing state of the art "fly-by-wire" technology for potential use in future Bombardier Aerospace Aircraft.

The fly-by-wire system is being studied on a specially adapted flight test demonstrator aircraft as part of intensive investigations into its application at Bombardier facilities in Montreal.

"This study further demonstrates our commitment to developing new technologies for the ultimate benefit of our customers," said John Holding, executive vice president, engineering and product development at Bombardier Aerospace. First potential application for this technology could be the BRJ-X(a) product line.

Fly-by-wire control systems offer real benefits over conventional flight control systems. "With a conventional system, the pilot moves the aircraft through either mechanical or hydro-mechanical linkages from the cockpit to the control surfaces," explained Mr. Holding. "Fly-by-wire, in contrast, features electrical/electronic inputs from the cockpit to the control surfaces enabling the pilots' commands to be augmented by additional inputs from flight control computers. This provides for a more responsive and precise control of the aircraft, which allows us to develop a more efficient aerodynamic design resulting in reduced drag, improved fuel burn and reduced weight and pilot workload."

While common on new large commercial aircraft, fly-by-wire's suitability and overall economic benefit to the smaller regional aircraft market needs to be fully evaluated in conjunction with our potential customers, said Mr. Holding.

The BRJ-X was announced at the Farnborough International Air Show last September. A BRJ-X Airline Advisory Council was convened in Montreal during the winter as part of the market evaluation of the five-abreast aircraft, which would be the largest offering in Bombardier's stable of commercial regional aircraft.

The consultation process could lead to a decision to proceed with the new aircraft next year. Type certification and delivery would be in late 2003.

Bombardier Aerospace, a unit of Bombardier Inc., is the world's third largest civil aircraft manufacturer with operations in three countries. Leading the 20- to 70-passenger regional carrier market, Bombardier Aerospace offers complete families of turboprop and regional jet aircraft. It has the industry's widest range of business jets, offering both full and fractional ownership, and also produces firefighting/maritime mission aircraft. It provides technical services, aircraft maintenance and pilot training to business, regional airline and military customers.

Bombardier Inc. is a Canadian corporation active in the fields of aerospace, rail transportation equipment, recreational products, financial services and services related to its products and core businesses. It operates plants in 12 countries in North America, Europe and Asia, and more than 90 per cent of its revenues are generated outside Canada. Bombardier's revenues for its fiscal year ended January 31, 1999 totalled $11.5 billion (Cdn.).

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