Update 17 September
CS100 FTV1 silently touched down at 1623 GMT successfully completing the two and a half hour maiden flight. During the sortie FTV1 reached a height of 12,000 ft and a maximum airspeed of 230 knots.
The flight crew undertook testing including flap and landing gear retractions and extensions, simulated landings, and general validation of the flight control system.
“It flew very well. Performance was very impressive, we couldn’t have wished for a better maiden flight. FTV1′s state-of-the-art flightdeck was responsive and comfortable, and the aircraft handled exactly as expected. Overall, we had a very productive first flight and an excellent start to the flight test program.” Bombardier Chief Test Pilot, Captain Chuck Ellis.
Five flight test vehicles will be involved in the CS100 certification campaign, with each new aircraft entering at approximately four to six week intervals. FTV1 will test aerodynamics, aeroelasticity and flight dynamics; FTV2 and 3 will be used for advanced avionics and systems testing; FTV4 will undertake performance testing; finally, FTV5 will be the first CS100 fitted with a full passenger cabin.
Original story 16 September
Bombardier’s first #CSeries CS100 registered C-FBCS is airborne! With the specially modified Global 5000 chase plane following closely behind.
CSeries First Flight. Image: Bombardier Aerospace
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