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Bombardier progressing with CSeries assembly

posted Oct 1, 2012, 2:48 AM by Michael Adams
Bombardier’s test pilots have begun virtual flight system trials on a full-sized “iron bird” CSeries mock-up, as work progresses toward construction of the first static test aircraft.
“This facility will be functional for up to 10 years and it will allow us to test before introducing any design changes into the production line,” Bombardier Aerospace VP marketing Philippe Poutissou said, speaking to media at the Europe Regions Airline Assoc. General Assembly in Dublin.
The Canadian manufacturer added: “We are well underway to completing our first static test aircraft. The assembly of the fuselage has gone flawlessly because we’ve actually assembled it in half the time we had planned.”
Additionally, parts for the first CSeries test flight vehicle (FTV1) are on site in Mirabel, Quebec, where the CSeries is being produced. Bombardier said the major components for the FTV1 are nearing completion and are on schedule for arrival in late September.
The CS100 is due to enter service by the end of 2013, followed by the larger CS300 one year later.