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Bombardier Completes Wing Static Testing Required For First Cseries Flight
By Bill Goldston

March 25, 2013 Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it has successfully completed the first full powering on of the main electrical distribution system on the first CSeries flight test vehicle (FTV1).

Additionally, Bombardier confirmed that the wing down-bending static test was successfully concluded on the Complete Airframe Static Test (CAST) article at the company's Saint-Laurent, Québec facility in late March 2013. 

Together with the wing up-bending static test that was completed earlier in March 2013, the two most significant wing static tests required for first flight are now complete. The company also confirmed that safety-of-flight tests are progressing well on "Aircraft 0" - the on-the-ground integrated systems test rig (ISTCR) for the CSeries aircraft. 


"The powering on of the main electrical distribution system on FTV1 was one of the most exciting milestones so far in the CSeries aircraft development program and will now allow powering of all sub-systems and for the avionics suite testing," said Rob Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, CSeries, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. 

"As well, the last significant test on the CAST article − the down-bending test on the wing was completed in late March, and we are thrilled with the analysis and feedback from the team, which allows progression to the next experimental phase. These are all important activities that will lead to the CSeries aircraft's safety-of-flight permit." 

"The build of the flight test vehicles, the static airframe testing and the systems tests are all advancing to schedule. We are very satisfied with the CSeries aircraft's excellent progress and weekly achievements as we advance solidly towards first flight," added Mr. Dewar. 

Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the 100 per cent new CSeries aircraft family combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements in 2013 and beyond. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines, the CSeries aircraft family will offer a 15* per cent cash operating cost advantage and a 20* per cent fuel burn advantage. With the extra capacity seating option, the CS300 aircraft's productivity further improves, offering airlines an average of four per cent additional cash operating cost advantage per seat.



The CSeries aircraft's clean-sheet design is ensuring that the aircraft will achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, as well as superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 nm (5,463 km)*. The CSeries aircraft will be up to 12,000 lbs. (5,443 kg)* lighter than other aircraft in the same seat category and will provide passengers with a best-in-class, widebody cabin environment in a single-aisle aircraft. As of December 31, 2012, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments for 382 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 148 CSeries airliners.

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