Bombardier Aerospace confirmed it is planning the first flight of its new CSeries aircraft within the coming weeks, after the first flight test aircraft (FTV1) run engine test and is having more software integrated.
While in its final testing stage in preparation for first flight FTV1 is undergoing pre-flight tests, including aircraft in the loop testing (ACIL). During ACIL tests, FTV1 is ‘flown’ on the ground in a simulated flight environment to ensure the first aircraft behaves in the same manner as experienced with the on-the-ground Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA), also known as ‘Aircraft 0’. This will be followed by low- and high-speed taxiing.
Designed for the 100- to 149-seat market, the 100 per cent new CSeries aircraft family combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements. It is powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines. The CSeries will have a range of 2,950 nm (5,463 km). Bombardier aimes to land the weigh of the CSeries jets up to 12,000 lbs (5,443 kg) less than that of other aircraft in the same category.
Bombardier, headquartered in Montréal, Canada, already has booked orders for 388 CSeries aircraft: 211 CS100s bizjets and 177 of the bigger CS300 airliner jets.
Source: Bombardier Aerospace