Capt. Andris (Andy) Litavniks, who was the
co-pilot on the historic maiden flight of the
smaller CS100 model on September 16, 2013, was
pilot-in-command on today’s milestone flight.
Capt. Litavniks was assisted by co-pilot
Christophe Marchand and flight test engineers
Anthony Dunne and Mark Metivet.
“It was an absolute privilege to fly the first
flight of the CS300 airliner and I’m absolutely
ecstatic with how well it handled. It’s a
pilot’s aircraft and handled exactly as
predicted by simulation,” said Capt. Litavniks.
“Pilots will find it easy to transition from the
CS100 to the CS300 aircraft or vice versa, which
will greatly reduce training costs for operators
using both models.”
“Our CSeries aircraft program is progressing
well, with results from testing as expected or
better. The CS300 airliner will now join the
five CS100 aircraft flight test vehicles that
have amassed more than 1,000 flight test hours
to date,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President,
CSeries Program. “We are confident the CS100
aircraft will be certified in the second half of
2015, followed closely by entry-into-service.
The CS300 airliner is expected to follow about
six months later.”