|Bombardier’s CS100. Photo: Bombardier|
[Avionics Today 01-19-2016] Bombardier’s C Series aircraft program has begun the ramp-up to full production. The final assembly facility is fully equipped and production is progressing according to plan with aircraft in various stages of the build sequence, according to Bombardier. Additionally, Bombardier also confirmed that the CS100 aircraft that is scheduled to be delivered to first operator SWISS International Air Lines and enter service in the second quarter of 2016 is structurally complete.
SWISS’ flight crews have kicked off their CS100 aircraft flight training in Mirabel, Quebec where they will undergo intensive training to prepare for the route-proving flights they will operate alongside Bombardier’s flight crew when the CS100 route-proving aircraft flies to Europe in the coming weeks. This follows the completion of the North American route-proving program. During the program, the CS100 aircraft conducted flights using typical airline flight routings and operational procedures.
In December 2015, Bombardier’s CS100 aircraft received its type certificate from Transport Canada. Bombardier’s CS300 aircraft, the larger model, is on track to obtain its type certificate within the next six months as planned. Bombardier will continue to work with Transport Canada to validate the CS100 aircraft’s training syllabus.