Bombardier hopes it has seen the last of the software “glitches” that began plaguing the CRJ1000 control-by-wire rudder system early last summer, resulting in the grounding of the pair of prototypes used for flight testing and a certification delay of at least a year.
Five regional Bombardier maintenance and operations (M&O) conferences
are slated for this year. The company is expanding its offering by adding
four international venues to this year’s schedule. Two-day regional
For the first time since 1988, a new-manufacture production Twin Otter took to the Canadian skies as Viking Air flight tested the first conforming series-400 aircraft at its final assembly facility in Calgary in February. The Victoria, B.C.-based manufacturer acquired the type certificates for the former de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk through DHC-7 Dash 7 from Bombardier in 2006.
Bombardier has scheduled five regional maintenance and operations conferences for this year. The Canadian OEM has a 20-year tradition of holding large M&O conferences in North America for Learjet, Challenger and Global operators. This year it is expanding its outreach program to include two-day regional M&O conferences in Hong Kong (April 13 to 15), Amsterdam (September 21 to 23) and Atlanta (October 18 to 20).
Bombardier Aerospace plans to open a new regional-support office (RSO) in Mumbai, India, during this fiscal year’s second quarter, the Canadian manufacturer announced today. Bombardier’s second fiscal quarter runs from May 1 to July 31.
The Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (Afra) and Bombardier Aerospace have announced that Bombardier’s aircraft dismantling operations have received Afra accreditation for teardown efforts for CRJ100/200s at Bombardier’s service centers in Bridgeport W.Va., and Tucson, Ariz. Afra promotes best practices for salvaging and recycling components taken from aging aircraft during disassembly.
Flight testing of Bombardier’s new CRJ1000 resumed on February 13, when S/N 19991 took to the air from the company’s Wichita flight-test center, some five months after a second software “glitch” associated with the airplane’s control-by-wire rudder system grounded the program’s two prototypes.
Victoria, British Columbia-based Viking Air’s MRO division has been granted EASA Part 145 approval. The company holds similar certification from Transport Canada and the FAA. Viking offers aircraft maintenance, repair, modifications, inspection services, airframe overhaul, avionics and custom or standard interiors.
Blaming “the global economic crisis that began in 2008,” Bombardier Aerospace released numbers for its fiscal year 2009/10 (ending January 31) showing a substantial drop in deliveries and negative net orders for business jets.
To accommodate expanding operations for Twin Otter 400 production and support for de Havilland Canada legacy aircraft operators, Viking has added an 84,000-sq-ft facility at its Victoria, British Columbia location. The new building will serve as the company’s corporate headquarters and main manufacturing facility. The new building is situated next to Viking’s existing building, which will continue to house Viking’s MRO and Esso FBO.