On Friday, Bombardier’s CSeries Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) began high-speed taxi testing at Mirabel Airport (YMX). FTV1’s test pilots will run the plane up to 120 knots before putting on the brakes. The tests need to be done with good weather and winds, and on a dry runway.
It sounds like testing is going well, according to Robert Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, CSeries Program. “The aircraft and the flight crew are feeling quite comfortable with the high-speed tests run so far. The crew is reporting that the aircraft is handling beautifully and pending a few more taxi runs, we’ll move into the shimmy testing of the main and nose landing gears whereby the stabilization and vibration, amongst other things, are tested,” said Mr. Dewar.
Montreal-based, French-language TV network TVA got some great aerial shots of FTV1 and the preparations underway at YMX from their helicopter.
With a few more final tests to go, we expect that FTV1 will be airborne soon. Bombardier is hosting a special CSeries event at Mirabel Airport on September 17, so they’ll be looking for perfect weather between now and then for the first flight. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated.
| Howard Slutsken – Senior Correspondent
Howard has been an AvGeek since he was a kid, watching TCA Super Connies, Viscounts and early jets at Montreal’s Dorval Airport. He’s a pilot who loves to fly gliders and pretty well anything else with wings. Howard is based in Vancouver, BC.