An integration fault in the Bombardier CRJ1000’s fly-by-wire rudder control system has forced the company to install a software revision in the flying prototype, caused delays to ground testing and contributed to the postponement of first flight until probably early next month. “When you put brand new hardware together like this there’s always a few surprises here and there,” CRJ program director Jean-Guy Blondin told AIN yesterday.
As analysts and pundits debated the merits and launch prospects of Bombardier’s C Series airliner, the Canadian manufacturer quietly went about its business readying yet another version of its CRJ series for first flight.
Bombardier expects the largest airplane it has ever built–the 100-seat CRJ1000–to take to the skies for the first time this month, on schedule and on budget. Plans call for the only CRJ1000 prototype to embark on a 14-month flight test regime expected to result in certification and first delivery to launch customer Brit Air in the fourth quarter of next year.
Atlantic Southeast Airlines accepted its first Bombardier CRJ700 during ceremonies that marked not only the Atlanta-based airline’s baptism as a 70-seat jet operator but the delivery of the Canadian manufacturer’s 600th CRJ–a 40-seat version that entered revenue service with ASA on January 31.
The first Max-Viz EVS-1000 installation on an operator-customer’s aircraft is being completed by Total Aircraft Services (TAS) at Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport (VNY). The system going aboard a Bombardier Challenger 601-3A is expected to receive STC approval by the end of the year. TAS president Stan Fisher said the tail-mount installation will apply directly to other Challenger models and possibly to Bombardier CRJ regional jets.
Lynnwood, Wash.-based Eldec Corp. is gauging interest among bizav operators in its new flap skew detection system developed for the Canadair Regional Jet. Used to monitor aircraft flap actuation systems and provide control output before a flap skew condition arises, the system has proven more reliable than RVDTs (rotary variable displacement tranducers) and resolvers, claims Eldec.
As demand continues to grow for executive conversions of the Bombardier CRJ200 regional airliner, cabin refurbishment specialist MJet of Montreal recently began work on its first CRJ200. The conversion will include the Elisen Elite 500 auxiliary fuel system, which meets the latest FAA and EASA requirements, including SFAR 88.
Divergent conditions in the regional airline business and the business jet realm have conspired to create a potential boon for completion companies involved in converting Bombardier CRJs into executive transports.
At EBACE this week, Tailwind Capital unveiled the first of five Bombardier CRJ conversions it plans to sell to business aviation customers. Called the Hemisphere 200XR, the airplane will go to Dutch concern Solidair outfitted with a 15-passenger cabin and an FAA-certified fuel system that extends range out to 3,000 nm.
Starting in the first quarter of next year Bombardier will begin installing Amsafe’s aviation inflatable restraint (AAIR) systems in the bulkhead row of passenger seats on new CRJ-700 and -900 regional jets. The system is installed as an integral part of each passenger’s lap belt and inflates within milliseconds of a crash to protect against head and upper-body injuries at impact forces up to 16 gs. A self-contained under-seat