Bombardier C Series Testing Almost Finished

  • Nov 10, 2015 9:22am GMT
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The Bombardier CS100 flight test program is nearly complete. Rob Dewar, Vice President of the C Series program takes you on a tour and has the latest news on the C Series in the video below.

Only a few tests remain to be completed and Bombardier is on track to have the aircraft certified this year with Transport Canada.

Bombardier also announced that function and reliability (F&R) testing on the C Series aircraft commenced with a four-leg flight recently by the CS100 F&R test aircraft. The first F&R flight, which started and ended in Mirabel, Québec, included stops in Moncton, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia and St-John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. 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 U.S, then will take place in Europe.

“The success of this historic C Series aircraft test program is a testament to the hard work and dedication from the teams that designed, developed, built and tested the C Series aircraft over the last few years,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We’re proud to be moving into the entry-in-service and production phase as we look to deliver the aircraft in the first half of 2016 to SWISS – a customer that has been with the program from the beginning. Congratulations to all involved.”

The function and reliability (F&R) test aircraft is not a flight test vehicle, rather it was built to represent an airline-configured aircraft with various seating options and configurations. It is expected to undergo worldwide F&R testing and will be showcased in Bombardier’s house livery as it conducts the tests over the next few weeks starting in North America, followed by Europe.

The C Series family of aircraft is an all-new design focusing on the 100- to 150-seat market.

According to Bombardier all noise performance testing on the CS100 aircraft has been completed and data confirms it is the quietest in-production commercial jet in its class. The aircraft’s noise performance and its outstanding short-field capability make it ideal for varied types of operations. The C Series aircraft’s maximum range has also been confirmed to be up to 3,300 NM (6,112 km), some 350 NM (648 km) more than originally targeted. As well, the aircraft is delivering more than a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage compared to in-production aircraft, and a greater than 10 per cent advantage compared to re-engined aircraft. The C Series aircraft will also emit 50 per cent fewer NOX emissions than the CAEP 6* NOX emission standards. The jet is powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engine.

Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 603 C Series aircraft, which include firm orders for 243.