Today’s forecast in Montreal: Unseasonably cool and rainy with a chance of first flight. The long awaited first flight of Bombardier’s #CSeries #CS100 is now tantalisingly close. Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) first flight window opens at GMT13:30 from Montreal’s Mirabel Airport.

Yesterday, FTV1’s nosed gear lifted off the runway for the first time while undertaking high speed taxi tests in preparation for first flight. High speed taxi testing has been ongoing over the last week, with FTV1 accelerated to its V1 ‘decision speed’ of 124 knots (230 kph). Watch the high speed taxi test video below carefully. You’ll see the aircraft make some interesting movements as it the crew test flight control inputs and braking systems.

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