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Monday, November 9, 2015

Bombardier CSeries Flight Tests Nearing 100 Percent Completion

Juliet Van Wagenen

 Bombardier CS100
Bombardier CS100. Photo: Bombardier

[Avionics Today 11-09-2015] Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has come out to say that the somewhat troubled CS100 aircraft flight test program is close to 100 percent complete. Only a few tests remain to be completed and Bombardier is on track to have the aircraft certified this year with Transport Canada, according to the company.

Bombardier also announced that Function and Reliability (F&R) testing on the C Series aircraft commenced with a four-leg flight yesterday by the CS100 F&R test aircraft. The first F&R flight, which started and ended in Mirabel, Quebec, included multiple stops in Canada. The F&R test flights, which will be conducted using typical airline flight routings and operational procedures, are scheduled to include approximately 15 city pairs in Canada and 20 in the United States, as well as further tests in Europe.

“With our flight test program almost 100 percent complete and all the high-risk CS100 aircraft’s flight tests behind us, teams are now finalizing the last few certification activities,” said Rob Dewar, vice president of the C Series Aircraft Program at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Following more than 1,000 flights conducted by the C Series flight test vehicles, the F&R flights will give a really good indication of how the C Series aircraft will perform in a typical airline schedule to and from different airports in Canada and the U.S.”

According to Dewar, airfield performance, landings, airport turnarounds and on-ground operations are some of the main points Bombardier will observe during the F&R testing.

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