Bombardier has received a flight test permit from Transport Canada for its first CSeries aircraft paving the way for its maiden flight expected in the coming days.
The first aircraft – flight test vehicle one (FTV1) – has conducted a series of pre-flight tests including low-speed taxi runs before FTV1 before proceeding with high-speed taxi runs simulating flight takeoff speeds.
“The CSeries aircraft teams have spent the last few weeks completing rigorous exercises to ensure the integrity and maturity of the aircraft are absolutely in check with the flight crew’s requirements,” said Bombardier’s Mike Arcamone.
In late July Bombardier announced the first flight had been slipped by a few weeks to allow for completion of some pre-flight testing.
Bombardier has received commitments for 388 CSeries aircraft.