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Bombardier pushes back CSeries test flight by up to one month

27-Jun-2013 9:51 AM

Bombardier Aerospace announced (26-Jun-2013) it has delayed the first CSeries aircraft – Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) - to a date before the end of Jul-2013. Bombardier stated that in order to enhance the effectiveness of the flight program, it has extended the timeline slightly to allow for additional software upgrades for improved system maturity and functionality. Bombardier also announced FTV1 has completed ground vibration tests, as well as software upgrades and corresponding tests. In addition, Safety of Flight (SOF) statements from all suppliers have been obtained and Bombardier’s Flight Test Centre has applied to Transport Canada for the FTV1 Flight Test Permit. During the final testing stage in preparation for first flight, FTV1 will conduct power runs, as well as low and high speed taxiing. Based on the latest program review, the first flight will occur by the end of July 2013. [more - original PR]