The long-awaited first flight of the new Bombardier CS300 is coming up the coming days. Transport Canada inspectors have given Flight Test Vehicle 1 – or the first prototype to make it airborne – a green light. The Canadian aircraft manufacturer hopes to get the CS300 into the blue yonder on 26, 27 or 28 February 2015.
The aircraft is expected to perform a series of handling and system calibration tests, at a wide range of altitudes and speeds. The expected CS300 first flight will come about one-and-a-half years after its smaller sister CS100 took to the skies. Both jets are totally new and, with 1,000 flight hours already made with the CS100 prototypes, their future looks promising.
The CS100 and CS300 are designed to accommodate between 100 and 150 passengers, or fly as a fancy business jet, with less operating costs and less fuel burn than similar aircraft. Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 563 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 243 CSeries airliners.
Featured image: Enthousiasm amongst Bombardier employees as CS300 FTV1 is due for its maiden flight in February 2015 (Image © Bombardier)