Bombardier is getting somewhere with the flight tests of its new CS100 aircraft. More than 80 percent of the required certification tests have been made, with more than 2,250 flight test hours clocked up till 20 August 2015.
Earlier in the summer, Bombardier announced that the C Series aircraft’s maximum range is confirmed to be up to 3,300 nautical miles (6,112 km), some 350 nautical miles (648 km) more than originally targeted. According to the Canadian company the aircraft is delivering more than a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage compared to in-production aircraft, and a greater than 10 per cent advantage compared to future re-engined aircraft.
The C Series is undergoing testing to confirm aircraft’s relatively low community noise level is up to 20 Effective Perceived Noise in Decibels (EPNdB) below the Federal Aviation Authority’s so-called Stage 4 limit, making it a nice choice for city centre operations.
Currently both the CS100 and CS300 are under development, focusing on the 100- to 150-seat market segment. The aircraft have a 95 per cent parts commonality, as well as the same type rating. They are powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines.
Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 603 C Series aircraft, which include firm orders for 243.
Featured image: The Bombardier CS100 Flight Test Vehicle-5 in Swiss livery (Image © Bombardier)