CSeries FTV2 Flew Again, FTV4 Now in Wichita with FTV3 - News About FTV1, FTV3 too
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September 18, 2014 10:20 (14:20z) Updated 16:27 Local
CSeries FTV2 C-GWYD is presently in flight again today, took off at 10:29 local (14:29z). FTV2 landed back at Mirabel at 13:50 local (17:50z) for a total time in the air of 3 hours and 21 minutes. This is FTV2 34th flight, its 7th flight already since it returned to flight with the newly received modified Pratt & Whitney PurePower GTF engines PW1500G. It returned to flight on September 7, 11 days ago. With FTV4 leaving for Wichita today it makes it 10 flights since.
As you know me, let me also tell you more… "while you're here reading this"…
CSeries FTV3 C-GWXJ located in Wichita will be receiving its engines by the end of this week! You know what to expect next week out of Wichita and FTV3.
With FTV3 receiving its engines, that will make the number of CSeries CS100 FTVs (Flight Test Vehicle) back to normal flight testing to 3.
Should we see FTV4 C-GWXK flying today? Yes, FTV4 took off just now from Mirabel at 11:37 local (15:37z) for its 7th flight leaving Mirabel CYMX for Wichita Bombardier Flight Test Center (BFTC) at Wichita Mid-Continent KICT. Squawk is 6542 and taking off from Mirabel runway 24, it flew at 28000' and landed at about 19:30z, more less a few minutes, in Wichita. Since we're talking about FTV4, I saw it fly quite high during its last flight 2 days ago, above flight level 400 (FL400), i.e. above 40000 feet. Bombardier must be accumulating performance data to "Officialize" the CS100 specifications to help close more sales.
With the recent return to flight of FTV2, then few days later FTV4, Bombardier has an average of over 3 hours "in the air" per day over the last week (7 days). To that add all the testing time spent on the ground with the crew in the plane; you can see them at Mirabel Airport. Looking good I would say! FTV3 received its engines; expect it to start flying test flights as well in the next few days.
As you might recall, the purpose of FTV4 is to get the precise performance data and for this reason it is fully painted using production pain. The only fully painted FTVs are FTV1, FTV4 and FTV5 (C-GWXZ). FTV1 because it was the one that did the maiden flight a year ago yesterday, September 16, 2013, it looks better painted :-) FTV5 because it is the first CS100 with a full interior, exactly as delivered to the customers, the CSeries CS100 "Demo". On the other FTVs only the composite parts are white.
Want more? The repairs on FTV1 C-FBCS are seriously progressing. The Belfast Bombardier Masters in composite wings are in town taking a great care of the repairs! (and enjoying a few Guinness as well I hope! Need to find an Irish Pub? I can do that...) Did you know the expenses are paid by Pratt & Whitney?
Let me thank you all for visiting my web site and following me on twitter @sylvainfaust. I'm glad to have you all, great followers of the CSeries, well informed of its developments. It is not every day that you can follow the last testing moments of a totally new, built from scratch with no compromise, commercial aircraft. The CSeries CS100 is totally new, and is requiring more testing for its certification since it is not based on a prior design. I'll have more on this soon. The CSeries CS300 testing will be quite faster and only needs 2 test aircrafts (FTV).
Again, thanks to you for reading and following me.
Sylvain Faust twitter: @sylvainfaust