Bombardier Aerospace has obtained Transport Canada’s Flight Test Permit for the first CSeries aircraft – Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) – thereby clearing the way for its maiden flight.
“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,” says Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“The CSeries aircraft teams have spent the last few weeks completing rigorous exercises to ensure the integrity and maturity of the aircraft are absolutely in check with the flight crew’s requirements,” adds Arcamone. “Pending optimal weather, the CSeries aircraft will soon take to the skies.”
Despite obtaining the Flight Test permit from Canada’s airworthiness regulatory agency, the manufacturer still has not provided a definitive date for the first flight of the first flight-test Bombardier CSeries jet.
The Canadian manufacturer has merely repeated the phrase it has been providing for several weeks, saying that the first flight of the Bombardier CS100 is “expected in the coming weeks”.
However, Bombardier has said it will provide regular updates on the timing of the aircraft’s first flight via www.cseriesfirstflight.bombardier.com, its website dedicated to the CSeries first flight.
This is where the latest news about the program and its maiden flight will be posted, according to Bombardier. On the day of first flight, the event will be broadcast live on the site.
Transport Canada’s award of a Flight Test Permit for CS100 FTV1 follows a series of pre-flight tests, which included low-speed taxi runs.
FTV1 will now proceed with high-speed taxi runs, in which the aircraft will simulate the speeds required for take-off, according to Bombardier Aerospace.