Posted on: 20 August 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Bombardier has confirmed that the first member of the CSeries family, the CS100, has performed more than 80% of its required certification tests with more than 2,250 flight test hours to date.
The aircraft is currently undergoing noise performance testing and is expected to meet its specified targets. "The summer months are proving very productive for the CSeries aircraft as the flight test programme continues to make solid progress – even setting a record with six test aircraft flying on the same day, logging in excess of a combined 20 hours," reported Fred Cromer, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "Passengers also flew onboard the CS100 for the first time as part of the cabin testing programme and their feedback was very complimentary. The CSeries continues to impress and is on track to achieving certification later this year and we continue to work with first operator SWISS as it readies for entry-into-service in the first half of 2016."
The CSeries is also undergoing testing to confirm that its noise level is up to 20 EPNdB below the FAA's Stage 4 limit, making it ideal for city centre operations.