Posted on: 21 March 2011 by Mark Howells
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft say that the first systems for the CSeries programme are now being tested at partners and vendors in Canada, the United States and Europe prior to delivery to the company’s Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA).
Located at Bombardier’s Mirabel facility, north of Montreal, the CIASTA is the high-tech laboratory that will test the CSeries aircraft’s systems ahead of first flight and will continue to support systems integration during the flight test programme.
Installation of the systems rigs at the CIASTA is progressing on schedule, and some parts, including the engine accessory gearbox and flight deck controls, have already arrived.
Supported by three main pillars – risk mitigation, advanced quality planning and solid governance – execution of the CSeries aircraft programme is designed to enhance the reliability and maintainability of the aircraft family.
"The CIASTA will integrate flight control systems, avionics, hydraulics, electrical and environmental control systems prior to the CSeries aircraft’s first flight," explained David Tidd, vice-president, integrated product development team, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "It is a significant advancement from the test rigs that Bombardier has used on its previous aircraft development programmes.
"This virtual aircraft, which is in fact considered as the aircraft with serial number zero, will be used to extensively test systems design in order to mitigate risk and provide the necessary reliability prior to the first flight," added Tidd.
The CIASTA concept involves several key CSeries aircraft partners and suppliers, including CAE, Goodrich Actuation Systems, Hamilton Sundstrand, Honeywell, Liebherr-Aerospace, Parker Hannifin, Pratt & Whitney and Rockwell Collins. These organisations will have personnel co-located in Mirabel to work with Bombardier on system testing and integration processes.