Bombardier has obtained approval for the maiden flight of its new CSeries commercial passenger aircraft, the company said Friday.
(CSeries flight test vehicle. Photo, courtesy of Bombardier.)
Transport Canada issued the flight test permit for the CSeries flight test vehicle (FTV1) following a series of pre-flight tests, including low-speed taxi runs. The Canadian manufacturer will now proceed with high-speed taxi runs, simulating speeds for flight take-off.
“Five years in the making and today, following receipt of Transport Canada’s flight test permit, we are very close to the CSeries airliner’s first flight – a historic moment for Bombardier and a game-changing moment for the industry,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
The CSeries maiden flight was originally scheduled for the end of July, but was delayed due to allow for the validation of all aircraft systems and software integration, a process that took longer than the company expected. The first flight is expected within the "coming weeks," according to a statement released Friday by Bombardier. There are currently 177 firm orders for operators looking to acquire the CSeries, which is expected to enter commercial service next year.