The Canadian aircraft manufacturer has announced concluding ground vibration tests and software upgrades of the CSeries’ Flight Test Vehicle 1.
The company has already applied for a test permit to Transport Canada as it is believed the flight will take place at the end of July, almost in line with the original schedule. Bombardier shifted the maiden flight for a couple of weeks, to allow for additional software upgrades to improve system maturity and functionality.
During the final testing stage in preparation for the first flight, FTV1 will conduct power runs, as well as low and high speed taxiing.
"Only five years after launching the CSeries airliner, we're approaching our maiden flight - a historic moment for Bombardier and a game-changing moment for the industry," said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
"The success of the CSeries aircraft program so far is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our partners, suppliers and in-house teams; we have also benefited greatly from the involvement of our customers," he added.
CSeries aircraft, designed for short and medium-haul flights, combines advanced materials and cutting-edge technology. It will be able to to carry 100 – 149 passengers and promises to cut greenhouse gas and noise emissions
Due to the materials used, the CSeries aircraft will be up to 5,443 kg 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 today, Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 388 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 177 CSeries airliners.