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European route-proving for Bombardier CSeries

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has started a European route-proving exercise for it CSeries CS100 airliner. The month-long program is underway with a dedicated CS100 route-proving aircraft operated by Bombardier and destined for launch operator Swiss International Air Lines’ base in Zurich, Switzerland.

The route-proving exercises are scheduled to include main European cities such a Brussels, Vienna and Warsaw. The European route-proving program is being conducted as the Swiss airline readies for the CS100 aircraft’s entry-into-service . The company’s first CS100 aircraft is scheduled to be delivered by Bombardier in mid 2016.

The European route-proving program follows one conducted last year across North America that included more than 35 cities. The CS100 aircraft will conduct route-proving flights using typical airline flight routings and operational procedures. The flights give a good indication of how the CSeries performs in a typical airline schedule to and from different airports. Airfield performance, landings, airport turnarounds and on-ground operations are some of the important characteristics that will be observed.

Also, the last of eight flight test vehicles – the second CS300 aircraft – successfully entered the flight test program in Mirabel, Québec last week.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: A CS100 takes off. (Image © Bombardier)

 

Air Canada gives Bombardier CSeries a break

Air Canada and Bombardier have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the purchase of 75 CS300 airliners, marking a major breakthrough for Bombardier and its troubled CSeries program. A firm order is worth an estimated 3.8 billion USD.

The preliminary agreement covers 45 orders and options for another 30 aircraft. Deliveries should start in 2019. The CS300 is  currently involved in verification flights for type certification, something the smaller CS100 already achieved late last year, although that process was delayed due to various issues during development and flight testing. The CS300 should be certified within months.

The first of the CSeries is to be delivered to Swiss in the first half of 2016. The Swiss airline acted as launch customer for the type, with interest elsewhere much lower than anticipated. The financial difficulties Bombardier experienced over the last few years, didn’t help in gaining the trust of potential customers.

The interest from Air Canada is not a huge suprise though. The Quebec government already invested 1 billion dollars in Bombardier in the hope to preserve jobs and Canada’s aviation industry altogether. Bombardier states it now bagged 678 total orders and commitments for the CSeries, 243 of which are firm orders

Meanwhile, in trying to save costs Bombardier also announced it cuts thousands of jobs in other divisions while hiring new staff for CSeries production.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest

Swedish-Canadian aircraft “to make stealth obsolete”

Behold of the newest invention from Sweden. It doesn’t come in flat cardboard box, but in a fancy composite materials finishing on the back of a Canadian designed business jet. The Saab/Bombardier GlobalEye 6000 is about to make stealth technology, like of the Lockheed Martin F-35 and the Irkut T-50, obsolete.

Or at least that is what Micael Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Electronic Defence Systems, is telling these days. The GlobalEye will automatically detect and track air and surface targets over a huge area, both on land, at sea and in the air.

‘Stealthy’ aircraft

Ground surveillance of moving vehicles can be conducted through long-range, wide-area ground moving target indication (GMTI) radar modes. The GlobalEye system can track very low-observable air and sea targets, including ‘stealthy’ aircraft, cruise missiles or submarine periscopes, even in heavy clutter and jamming environments.

Surveillance

“GlobalEye is a game changer that delivers a unique swing-role capability for simultaneous air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single solution, with the ability to change role dynamically, while airborne during any mission,” says Johansson.

Saab Erieye

The new radar system is marketed on the back of a Bombardier Global 6000 business jet. It is the successor of the Saab Erieye, of which 22 have been delivered on different aircraft to various countries: Brazil (5 R-99 (Embraer E145/Saab Erieye)), Greece (4 EMB-145H (Embraer E145/Saab Erieye), Pakistan (4 Saab Erieye 2000 (Saab 2000), United Arab Emirates (2 Saab 2000 Erieye, plus 2 Bombardier Global 6000/Erieye ordered), Saudi Arabia (2 Saab 2000 Erieye (Saab 2000), Sweden (2 Saab S 100D (Saab 340/Saab Erieye)), Thailand (2 S 100B (Saab 340/Saab Erieye), Mexico (1 E-99 (Embraer E145/Saab Erieye).

United Arab Emirates AEW&C

The United Arab Emirates will be the first to field a version of the new radar mounted onto the Global 6000, of an order placed in November 2015. Although there is some criticism in Swedish parliament against selling the AEW&C system to countries at war (the UAE fights in Yemen), the deal is considered to go through.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: Computer rendering of the new Swedish-Canadian Saab/Bombardier GlobalEye 6000 (Image © Saab AB)

Bombardier CS100 certified in Canada

Canada has issued a Transport Canada Type Certification to Bombardier’s new CS100 CSeries aircraft, the company reported on Friday 18 December.

The certification is the result of  a comprehensive and rigorous testing program, which included more than 3,000 flight test hours and the validation of thousands of test results. The result paves the way for the delivery and entry into service of the CS100 with first launch customer SWISS in the first half of 2016.

Certification is the second major scoop for Bombardier and its CSeries, following the type’s international trade show debut during the Paris Air Show in June. Both follow a development and test phase that was marked by delays. Also, the CS100 is falling behind in sales, with Bombardier to no avail trying to get Airbus involved on the program.

Cash

The Canadians are now reportedly looking for a business partner in China, and have also asked the Canadian government for a cash injection. Meanwhile, certification for the larger CS300 is expected within the next six months.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest

The CS100 flight deck. (Image © elmer van Hest)
The CS100 flight deck. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Flexjet goes supersonic with Aerion AS2

Aircraft leasing company Flexjet on Tuesday 17 November announced it has placed a firm order for 20 supersonic Aerion AS2 bizz jet aircraft, becoming the first to provide private travel faster than the speed of sound – or at least, planning to. The AS2 is currently being developed with the support of Airbus.

The Aerion AS2 business jet will have a top speed of Mach 1.5, which is 67 percent faster than the top cruise speeds of current or anticipated long-range subsonic jets. Carrying eight to twelve passengers, the AS2 will have an intercontinental-capable range of 4,750 nautical miles at supersonic speed, saving three hours across the Atlantic versus subsonic aircraft and more than six hours on longer trans-Pacific routes. The three-engine jet should see its first flight in 2021 and enter service in 2023.

Challenger

Also on Tuesday, Flexjet stated that it has exercised options for 20 additional Challenger 350 business jets from Bombardier Aerospace bringing the total number of aircraft on order to 40.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): Impression of the Aerion AS2 (Image © Aerion)