15:40 (19:40 UTC) - May 23, 2018 – Quebec, Canada
Bombardier will be announcing tomorrow May 24, 2018 that it will be donating one of its CSeries FTV aircraft.CSeries FTV3 (flight test vehicle #3) will be ferry from Wichita to l'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique (ÉNA) located at St-Hubert airport (YHU/CYHU) located east of Montreal soon after the news is announced.
Rob Dewar, who is currently Vice President CSeries Aircraft Program and to become Head of Customer Support and Head of Engineering for Airbus when the transaction with Airbus is completed, will be present tomorrow for the event scheduled for 11am, May 24 2018.
CSeries FTV3 did its maiden flight on March 3, 2014 at Mirabel, Quebec Airport (YMX/CYMX). You can see a picture I took during its first flight.
Bombardier CSeries FTV3 First Flight March 3, 2014Photo: Sylvain Faust
As Bombardier reported "Under cool crisp conditions, the first flight was conducted under the command of Captain William 'Muz' Colquhoun, Flight Test Pilot, Bombardier Flight Test Centre. Capt. Colquhoun was assisted by First Officer Robert Reichert, and Flight Test Engineers Constantin Stan and Mark King. On its flight that lasted 3 hours and 42 minutes, FTV3 reached an altitude of 6,401 meters (21,000 feet) and an air speed of 454 km/h (245 knots)."
L'ÉNA is a well-known and recognized aerospace technical school in Quebec.
This is the first announcement regarding one of Bombardier 7 flying CSeries FTVs (FTV1-5, FTV7 and 8).
Sylvain Faust, Fliegerfaust