The Bombardier CSeries took to the air for the first time Monday morning from Montreal’s Mirabel Airport at around 9:55 a.m. local time, marking the start of a planned year-long flight test program involving five CS100 prototypes.
Bombardier’s CSeries will fly as soon as the flight test team encounters a large enough window of visual flight rule (VFR) conditions, a company spokesman told AIN on Monday.
Bombardier hopes to perform high-speed taxi tests with its CSeries airliner on Thursday, in preparation for first flight “in the coming weeks.”
Transport Canada has issued Bombardier’s CSeries Clight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) its flight-test permit, clearing it for its maiden flight “in the coming weeks,” the manufacturer announced Friday. The approval follows a series of pre-flight tests including low-speed taxi runs.
Mitsubishi Aircraft suffered another credibility hit on Wednesday, as the company announced the third major delay to the MRJ regional jet program.
Bombardier continues to cite a 12-month flight-test schedule for the CSeries airliner, notwithstanding repeated delays to first flight that have now pushed expected entry into service to August next year at the earliest. Speaking Thursday during the company’s second-quarter earnings call, Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin attempted to refute reports that the company has begun “reassessing” the timespan between first flight and service entry.
Bombardier’s new CSeries airliner won’t fly by the end of July as most recent program schedules had indicated, the company confirmed in a statement released Wednesday. It now expects first flight to occur “in the coming weeks.”
Sunday’s incident involving a Sukhoi Superjet 100 in which the airplane landed with its gear retracted at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland will not affect operations of any in-service SSJ100s, the Russian manufacturer said in a statement released Monday.
Mitsubishi Aircraft expects parent company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to start final assembly of the first MRJ90 in Nagoya, Japan, within “two to three months,” ostensibly in time for its planned maiden flight by year-end. Schedules call for first delivery of the airplane to launch customer All Nippon Airways of Japan by the end of 2015.
NASA started flight testing a prototype data link radio from Rockwell Collins to support the planned introduction of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the U.S. National Airspace System.