Posted on: 22 December 2015 by Mark Howells
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and CAE have announced that Transport Canada, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have awarded Interim Level C qualification on the full-flight simulator (FFS), and qualified the flight training device (FTD) for the airframer’s CS100 aircraft.
Officials from each of the authorities granted their respective qualifications following final inspection of the simulator and training device located at Bombardier's training centre in Montréal.
"Our teams have been working diligently to achieve the qualifications for the CS100 aircraft training devices and we are delighted that the three regulatory authorities approved in quick succession – particularly as we ramp up our customer support activities in preparation for first delivery and entry-into-service in the second quarter of 2016," explained Todd Young, vice-president and general manager, customer services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "Additionally, 95% of technical publications are complete and operators are accessing these publications through our new online customer portal. We are steadily increasing our team of field service representatives and technicians to service our CSeries aircraft customers.
"We are also maintaining a strong focus on supplier management to ensure the team is ready to support our customers with adequate inventory levels and repair capabilities across our worldwide network," added Young.
"Achieving qualification for the world's first CSeries aircraft FFS marks an important milestone, which highlights the many years of collaborative efforts with our longstanding partner Bombardier," added Nick Leontidis, CAE's group president, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. "We are honoured that Bombardier has selected us to build the first simulator for the CSeries programme. By qualifying the first CSeries simulator, we ensure Bombardier customers receive the highest fidelity training for its CSeries aircraft."