CSeries FTV1 and FTV3 UPDATE (again)
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*** UPDATE October 23, 2014 - Contrary to what I wrote below in the original version of this article, it seems that FTV3 is still weeks away (2?) from returning to flight according to sources. Also, return to flight of FTV1's might not be for this week neither... The last time FTV2 flew was on October 19, it took off from Mirable airport runway 29 at 12:04 local (16:04z) and landed back at 14:21 (18:21z) squawk 4230 ***
Sunny days are expected for the next two weeks around Wichita, Kansas (FTV3+FTV4) except maybe for this Thursday. Montreal will have nice weather for two days starting today to be followed by a nice string of sunny days. Let's see how FTV1 and FTV2 will "fly" in those clouds.
Still, I'm really looking forward the first "extended" CSeries, FTV6 oops I mean FTV7..., the first CS300 in production by Bombardier. This is, in my mind, the plane we all should be waiting for. The CS100 is very interesting and has something quite unique for very short and tight places (I mean airports!).
With the CSeries CS100 original core design in mind, i.e. the pinnacle of what the best has to offer having been designed from scratch with no compromise, offering a unique light weight saving over 2000 lbs in weight (composite wings and empennage/tail assembly), an innovative aerodynamic shape, added to a clean, efficient and low noise making engine from Pratt & Whitney (Purepower®), the CS300, slightly longer (38.7 meters instead of 35 meters for the CS100), with it higher seats capacity offers the best of both world, capacity, economy and a faster turnaround time toward its next flight after its arrival at the gate. To be noted, over 2000 pounds saving is the same as over 310 gallons of Jet fuel (1200 liters). In terms of passengers, see the following figures used by the industry for passengers average weights. Ten passengers on a 110 seats aircraft is 9.1% right there!
*Larger weight is 206 lbs or 93.4 kg MALES 12yrs up, during winter. (see note and link below)
CSeries FTV5 (still a CS100) being all about "interior" will catch the eye and should confirm the efficient space utilization advertised by its creator. It is Interesting to know that its middle seat is wider than the seats besides, offering more comfort, still, while "seated in between".
In case you did not know exactly, the CS300 offers 130 seats in a dual class configuration, to 135 seats in a standard single class, to 150 seats in a high density configuration. An "Extra" capacity option is also available for certain type of utilizations/markets with a second overwing exit option making it possible to increase the maximum seat capacity to 160 passengers, so more flexibility. The CS100 offers 108 seats in a dual class configuration, to 110 seats in standard single class or up to 125 seats in a high density configuration addressing a specific market need.
*Side Note: Passenger average weight use on larger commercial aircraft, from Transport Canada: