Bombardier Powers On the First CSeries Flight Test Vehicle and Completes Wing
Static Testing Required for First Flight
Build of flight test vehicles and safety-of-flight testing of
on-the-ground integrated systems rig advancing to schedule
MIRABEL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 03/25/13 -- Bombardier Aerospace
announced today that it has successfully completed the first full
powering on of the main electrical distribution system on the first
CSeries flight test vehicle (FTV1). Additionally, Bombardier
confirmed that the wing down-bending static test was successfully
concluded on the Complete Airframe Static Test (CAST) article at the
company's Saint-Laurent, Quebec facility in late March 2013. Together
with the wing up-bending static test that was completed earlier in
March 2013, the two most significant wing static tests required for
first flight are now complete.
The company also confirmed that safety-of-flight tests are
progressing well on "Aircraft 0" - the on-the-ground integrated
systems test rig (ISTCR) for the CSeries aircraft.
"The powering on of the main electrical distribution system on FTV1
was one of the most exciting milestones so far in the CSeries
aircraft development program and will now allow powering of all
sub-systems and for the avionics suite testing," said Rob Dewar, Vice
President and General Manager, CSeries, Bombardier Commercial
Aircraft. "As well, the last significant test on the CAST article -
the down-bending test on the wing - was completed in late March, and
we are thrilled with the analysis and feedback from the team, which
allows progression to the next experimental phase. These are all
important activities that will lead to the CSeries aircraft's
"The build of the flight test vehicles, the static airframe testing
and the systems tests are all advancing to schedule. We are very
satisfied with the CSeries aircraft's excellent progress and weekly
achievements as we advance solidly towards first flight," added Mr.
Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the 100 per cent
new CSeries aircraft family combines advanced materials, leading-edge
technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements
in 2013 and beyond. Powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure
engines, the CSeries aircraft family will offer a 15(i) per cent cash
operating cost advantage and a 20(i) per cent fuel burn advantage.
With the extra capacity seating option, the CS300 aircraft's
productivity further improves, offering airlines an average of
four(i) per cent additional cash operating cost advantage per seat.
The CSeries aircraft's clean-sheet design is ensuring that the
aircraft will achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, as well as
superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance
and a range of 2,950 nm (5,463 km)(i). The CSeries aircraft will be
up to 12,000 lbs. (5,443 kg)(i) lighter than other aircraft in the
same seat category and will provide passengers with a best-in-class,
widebody cabin environment in a single-aisle aircraft.
As of December 31, 2012, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments
for 382 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 148 CSeries
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(i) The CSeries aircraft are in the development phase. All data and
specifications are estimates, subject to changes in family strategy,
branding, capacity and performance during the development,
manufacture and certification process. All performance references
have been estimated based on a 500-nm North American operating
environment and comparisons are to in-production aircraft.
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