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Bombardier CSeries catches more wind

Bombardier of Canada has been struggling with it CSeries for years, but herhaps no more since Delta ordered 75 aircraft in April and especially since Air Canada has just finalized its previously announced agreement to buy at least 45 new CS300 airliners, with options on another 30 of the same type.

Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier formulated it like this: “This order is a major statement of support for Canada’s aerospace industry and will help support thousands of C Series related jobs. It also serves as an important catalyst for renewed interest and subsequent orders.”

While developing the new aircraft, Bombardier hit serious financial difficulties – with even the tests of the new CS series hit by delays and other issues. But the finalization of the Air Canada deal brings hope to a healthy aviation industry with the Maple Leaf flag in top.

Bombardier has at least 288 firm orders for the CS100 and the larger CS300, with Swiss being the launch customer this year. Deliveries to Air Canada are scheduled to begin in late 2019 and extend to 2022. The order is worth 3.8 billion US dollars.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com senior contributor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A CSeries seen during testing. (Image © Bombardier)

Hellenic CL-215 fire-fighters escape death

The crew of a Hellenic Air Force Bombardier (Canadair) CL-215 are probably the luckiest men on earth at the moment, escaping with only minor injuries from the aircraft an emergency landing went bad.

Looking at the images, published here among other location, one cannot think anything other that the pilot and co-pilot escaped death with narrow margins.

355 MTM Squadron

The CL-215 was engaged in combating a large fire near the village of Stefani in the Dervenochória, only 7 mls (11 km) north of Elefsis Airbase near Athens, home to the CL-215’s 355 MTM Squadron as well as seven other squadrons and a major part of the military airlift fleet of Greece.

Engine fire

According to Hellenic Air Force officials the left engine of the aircraft caught fire around 11:00 on the morning of 26 June. Attempting a safe landing the lack of trust threw the plane rather hard onto the ground where it struck objects while going astray.

Flight time

Local media report the pilot had 850 hours of flight time on the CL-215, and the co-pilot 250 hours.

Greek fire-fighting aircraft

It is the third time in two years that one of the HAF’s fire-fighting aircraft is written off. In May 2015 a CL-415 crashed, followed by a CL-215 in July last year. That leaves a remaining fleet of 39 aircraft to combat wildfires: 11 CL-215s, 7 newer CL-415GR/MPs and 21 PZL M18B Dromader planes from Poland.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com senior contributor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A Hellenic Air Force CL-215 (Image © HAF)

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.


“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)