The first Bombardier CSeries jet has landed safely following its maiden flight.
Bombardier CS100 C-FBCS, which the manufacturer calls CSeries Flight Test Vehicle One (FTV1), landed at Mirabel Airport (IATA code YMX) some 30 miles north of Montreal at 12:22 p.m. local time, following a 2 hour 29 minute first flight.
FTV1 had taken off from Mirabel Airport at 9:53 a.m. local time on September 16, accompanied by a Bombardier Global 5000 business jet acting as a chase plane to monitor and film the new aircraft type during the CS100 first flight.
Six minutes before landing, still accompanied by the chase plane, FTV1 performed a low flypast along the length of the runway at Mirabel Airport at 12:16 p.m. local time, in front of hundreds of employees, guests and media representatives gathered for the event.
After landing, the aircraft taxied off the runway and waited at a holding point for several minutes before continuing to taxi back towards the Bombardier Aerospace facilities.
The Bombardier Global 5000 business jet which accompanied FTV1 as a chase plane and observation/instrumentation platform throughout the CSeries jet’s maiden flight taxied in close behind FTV1, in all likelihood monitoring aspects of its taxing performance.
Towards the end of its long taxi, FTV1 passed right in front of a temporary stand in which hundreds of Bombardier Aerospace employees, guests and media representatives were gathered to watch the first flight.
Bombardier Aerospace provided a live video webcast of the first flight, which included live video feed from the chase plane at various points throughout the webcast.
However, the manufacturer appears to have misjudged the amount of interest from the public in the first flight, as the bandwidth for the webcast clearly was inadequate throughout much of its duration and the webcast feed failed completely for this reporter as the CSeries jet was taxiing to its rest position outside the Bombardier facilities.
Accordingly, www.AirlinesAndDestinations.com was unable to monitor the press conference which was scheduled to follow the first flight and was due to feature the pilots of the aircraft for its maiden flight.