Friday, September 14, 2012
Bombardier Begins Assembly of CSeries Test Airframe
Bombardier launched the assembly of the test airframe for its CSeries aircraft at its experimental test facility in St-Laurent, Quebec.
The test airframe is being fitted and assembled in a test rig for use during the Complete Airframe Static Test — designed to demonstrate the static strength of the airframe and show compliance with certification requirements, according to Bombardier.
“Every day brings a new development and it’s very exciting. Whether it’s the start of a new test, the results of a new test, or the arrival of a new production part, the team is very enthusiastic about all these milestones,” said Rob Dewar, vice president and general manager of the CSeries program at Bombardier. “The assembly of the test airframe is another significant development as we makeheadway in the intense ground testing phase before the CSeries aircraft’s flight test program. The fuselage sections in the test airframe are being joined and we’re looking forward to adding the wings and the empennage, and starting the stress tests.”
Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for more than 300 CSeries aircraft from airlines and leasing companies and plans on the CSeries aircraft entering into service in 2013.
The company recently announced that its “Aircraft 0” — an on-the-ground integrated systems test and certification rig for the CSeriesaircraft (ISTCR) — has begun virtual flights at its Mirabel, Québec facility.