|airBaltic CS300. Photo: airBaltic|
[Avionics Magazine 10-12-2016] The Bombardier C Series CS300 launch customer airBaltic is currently preparing for the aircraft’s entry into service scheduled for later this year. In addition to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) awarding the CS300 aircraft Type Validation last week, the first set of six pilots from airBaltic have completed their C Series aircraft pilot initial type rating course, and airBaltic has successfully conducted route-proving exercises with the CS300 aircraft in Europe.
During the route-proving exercises, airBaltic’s crew successfully simulated ground operations as part of the training program in preparation for EIS. Operating from the airline’s base in Riga, Latvia, the route-proving flights were conducted with the second CS300 Flight Test Vehicle (FTV) using typical airline flight routings and operational procedures. Destinations included Helsinki, Finland; Vilnius, Lithuania; Tallinn, Estonia; Stockholm, Sweden; Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.