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Bombardier CSeries resumes flight testing

Flight testing of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s CSeries has resumed at the company’s facility in Mirabel, Quebec with flight test vehicle two (FTV2) taking to the air.Flight testing was halted following an engine-related incident at Mirabel on 29 May involving CSeries aircraft FTV1 during stationary ground maintenance testing.Pratt and Whitney, which provides the engine for the CSeries, has since worked alongside Bombardier to modify the engine’s oil lubrication system. Bombardier says the aircraft is still on track for entry-into-service during late 2015."Aircraft flight test programmes are complex and involve extreme testing meant to draw out any potential issues and correct them prior to entry-into-service," remarked Rob Dewar, VP of the CSeries programme at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "We are pleased to see the CSeries aircraft back in the air. The geared turbofan (GTF) engine has over 10,000 hours of ground and flight testing and we're confident that it will enter into service meeting or exceeding the fuel burn, emissions, thrust and noise specifications, as promised by Pratt & Whitney."

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