June 26, 2013 - Bombardier Aerospace announced
today that ground vibration tests, as well as
software upgrades and corresponding tests, have
been completed on the first CSeries aircraft,
Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1).
In addition, Safety of Flight (SOF) statements
from all suppliers have been obtained and
Bombardier's Flight Test Center has applied to
Transport Canada for the FTV1 Flight Test
During the final testing stage in preparation
for first flight, FTV1 will conduct power runs,
as well as low and high speed taxiing. Based on
the latest program review, the first flight will
occur by the end of July 2013. In order to
enhance the effectiveness of the flight program,
Bombardier extended the timeline slightly to
allow for additional software upgrades for
improved system maturity and functionality.
Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial
Aircraft said "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".