Bombardier CSeries – FTV1 Flies Again!

Bombardier confirmed today that CSeries FTV1 took to the skies again from its home base of Mirabel, Quebec. Following the meticulous review of over 14,000 data points from the first flight and upon completion of aircraft’s re-configuration and software upgrades for the next set of flight tests, FTV1 once again reached an altitude of 12,000 feet, at speeds of 230 knots.

“This follow up flight test was exceptionally clean as we performed a series of value-added tests that actually included a first-round collection of noise data – and though early in the program – I have to say our flight sciences teams on the ground are officially impressed with our findings so far,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, CSeries Program.  “We are additionally pleased that FTV1 performed a smooth, superb landing. The flight crew is eager to take to the skies yet again in the coming days.”

Source: Bombardier Media

Bombardier CSeries First Flight Recap – Video & Pics

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Last Monday, under perfect weather conditions, Bombardier Aerospace celebrated the successful first flight of its CSeries aircraft, an all-new family of aircraft specifically designed for the 100- to 149-seat market segment. The maiden flight marks the start of the CSeries aircraft’s flight test program leading up to the first customer delivery, and was also the first flight for Pratt & Whitney’s new Geared Turbofan™ PurePower engine as part of an aircraft certification program.

The historic flight of CSeries, a CS100 jetliner was conducted by Captain Charles (Chuck) Ellis, Chief Flight Test Pilot, Bombardier Flight Test Center and his colleagues, Capt. Andris (Andy) Litavniks and Andreas Hartono in the roles of First Officer and Flight Test Engineer, respectively. The flight departed from Montréal–Mirabel International Airport at approximately 9:55 EDT and returned at approximately 12:25 EDT.

“The performance of the CSeries aircraft was very impressive! We couldn’t have wished for a better maiden flight,” said Capt. Ellis, the state-of-the-art flight deck was responsive and comfortable, and the aircraft handled exactly as expected. Overall, we had a very productive first flight and an excellent start to the flight test program.”

“This is a very proud day for Bombardier and a true validation of the CSeries aircraft’s design and development, and of our extensive ground test program,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, CSeries Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Five years in the making, the CSeries aircraft’s first flight is the culmination of an incredible amount of hard work and dedication from our employees, partners and suppliers around the world.

“During its maiden flight, the CSeries reached an altitude of 12,500 feet (3,810 metres) and an air speed of 230 knots (426 km/h). In-flight tests included flap and landing gear retractions and extensions; in-flight manoeuvres that included a simulated landing; and early validation of the flight control system. Additionally, we’re also delighted that many of our guests commented on the impressive and quiet performance during takeoff and landing,” added Mr. Dewar.

“On behalf of Bombardier’s leadership team, I extend my gratitude to everyone who was involved in making this flight such a great success,” said Mike Arcamone, President,

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The patience, care and quality that has gone into the CSeries aircraft’s development program shone through today as we celebrate this milestone achievement of the first all-new, single-aisle aircraft that will revolutionize the 100- to 149-seat commercial aircraft market – with its outstanding economics, reduced environmental footprint and exceptional flying experience.

“This flight takes us one step closer to putting the game-changing CSeries aircraft into service with our customers and their passengers,” added Mr. Arcamone.

The first CSeries aircraft was greeted by more than 3,000 Bombardier employees and Board members, customers, partners and suppliers, upon its return to the company’s Mirabel, Québec facility, where the final assembly line for the CSeries aircraft program is now under construction.

A total of five CS100 flight test vehicles, all of which are currently in various stages of assembly, will join the flight test program in the coming months.

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Source: Bombardier

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Bombardier Reaches 177 Firm CSeries Orders

Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft has reached 177 firm orders. Bombardier’s new family of narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range jets is the company’s challenge to industry leaders Boeing and Airbus.

The aviation industry is keen to see how the CSeries will do and airlines are awaiting the plane’s first flight to see whether its technology and efficiency claims hold up.

Earlier on Tuesday, Bombardier announced that Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, is the previously undisclosed airline that ordered up to 16 CSeries jets.

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