RAA 2014: Bombardier announces CAE and Panasonic deals

Bombardier Aerospace has kicked off the RAA Annual Convention by announcing that CAE has been appointed as Bombardier’s Authorised Training Provider (ATP) for flight training on all CRJ models and that it has teamed-up with Panasonic to offer broadband connectivity as a line-fit option the CSeries family.

With the latter development in mind, the first CS100 flight test aircraft, FTV1, has been fitted with a Ku-band antenna, announced Rob Dewar, vice-president, CSeries programme, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, via video link.

Under the ATP agreement, CAE instructors will deliver CRJ aircraft flight training courses at locations around the world. CAE operates 10 CRJ aircraft full-flight simulators (FFSs) in eight cities of its global training network: Charlotte, Minneapolis and Phoenix, in the US; Copenhagen, Denmark; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Madrid, Spain; and Toronto and Montreal in Canada.

Regarding CSeries progress, Dewar reported that the three aircraft currently flying have carried out more than 100 flights, racking up more than 300 flight hours. Meanwhile, the next test aircraft, FTV4, has been handed over to the flight test department.

Dewar added that FTV2 has been down in Florida for hot weather testing, FTV3 is at the Wichita Flight Test Centre where electrical and avionics systems, radios, plus the flight management system (FMS) are the focus.

Finally, Dewar reported that the company is on track to fly FTV7, the first CS300, later this year.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net
St Louis, Missouri, USA

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