UPDATE: September 15th, 7:30 PM ET
Bombardier has just confirmed that the first flight of CSeries Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) will happen tomorrow morning, Monday, September 16th. Winds are expected to be light and the sky mostly clear. Remember to follow me @airchive – I’ll be live-tweeting the event starting at 8:00 AM ET. Bombardier has set up a webcast of the first flight HERE, with pre-flight activities starting at 9:30 AM ET.
PREVIOUS UPDATE: September 14th
Late on Friday, Bombardier announced that the first flight of CSeries Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) is expected to take place this Monday, September 16th. Of course, the test flight team will be looking for optimal weather and aircraft readiness before making the decision to fly. The timing for the flight is expected to be set sometime on Sunday.
Bombardier posted a new video, hosted by Marc-André Pelletier, Principal Engineering Specialist. Mr. Pelletier explains how “shimmy” testing was done on FTV1’s landing gear. A couple of things stood out for me in the video. With Mr. Pelletier standing under the wing, I was surprised at how big FTV1 looks. And the awesome high-speed taxi run that starts at 2:18 doesn’t have any music in the background, just the quiet sound of FTV1’s PW1500G geared turbofans. I can’t wait to see and hear FTV1 on Monday.
Stay tuned; we’ll keep you updated.