Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s CS100 jet airliner has received its type certificate from Transport Canada.
Type certification for the CS100 follows a comprehensive and rigorous testing program, which included more than 3,000 flight-test hours, validation of thousands of test results and authentication of extensive design and performance data.
“This is an historic moment for Bombardier. Years of dedicated efforts and collaboration culminate today in a very proud moment for many as we celebrate the CS100 aircraft’s Transport Canada type certification,” said Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft during a December 18 news conference Bombardier held to announce the CS100 milestone.
“Bringing to market the only new family of aircraft developed for the 100-to-150-seat market segment in close to 30 years is a standout accomplishment – the C Series aircraft is now well on its way to opening up new opportunities for operators, while delivering unrivaled economic advantages, performance, and environmental credentials,” added Cromer. “It’s the new reality for the single-aisle market.”
Because Bombardier designed and produces the CS100 in Canada, the country’s airworthiness authority Transport Canada is legally required to be the body which awarded the CS100 its type certificate.
Reciprocal arrangements held by Transport Canada with the FAA in the U.S. and EASA in Europe will mean those authorities will award the CS100 full certification in due course with a minimum of paperwork and with little if any extra flight-testing or configuration changes required.
Other nations worldwide will also regard Transport Canada’s type certification of the CS100 as clearing it for commercial operations throughout the world.
Obtaining the type certificate for the CS100 paves the way for the delivery and entry into service of the aircraft type in the second quarter of 2016 with its first operator, Swiss International Air Lines.
Swiss International Air Lines could theoretically take delivery of its first aircraft and begin operating it as soon as Bombardier completes assembling that aircraft, a process which the manufacturer may already have completed.
However, for its own reasons, Swiss International has chosen to take delivery of the aircraft in the second quarter. Swiss aviation publications have reported that the carrier intends to put its first CS100 into service at the end of May.
According to Bombardier, Design Approval Designees, engineers authorized to act on behalf of the Minister of Transport to approve aeronautical design and make findings of compliance, have worked closely with Transport Canada over the last five years planning, testing, and reviewing thousands of technical drawings and documents that defined the C Series aircraft and allowed it to be built against its design definition.
Once Bombardier demonstrated that the CS100’s design fully complied with the safety requirements mandated by Transport Canada, the aircraft was issued its type certificate.
“Our highly skilled Flight Test, Ground Test and Engineering teams, along with our suppliers, have successfully designed, developed, tested and certified this best-in-class aircraft – introducing multiple new technologies resulting in the aircraft exceeding the performance targets [to which] we committed at program launch,” said François Caza, vice president, product development and chief engineer for Bombardier Inc., and head of Bombardier’s Design Approval Organization.
The CS300, the larger model of the two C Series-family jets to be launched into production to date, is on track to obtain its type certificate within the next six months as planned, according to Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Meanwhile, Bombardier says it will continue to work with Transport Canada to validate the CS100’s training syllabus.