Hélène V. Gagnon Will Be Leaving Bombardier - CSeries FTV2 Flying Next Week (see below)
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Montreal - August 28, 2014 9:48am local (13:48 UTC)
I was sorry to learn just a short time ago that Hélène V. Gagnon will be leaving Bombardier Aerospace soon. She had joined in 2003 and became a vice-president in 2006. But nobody is slamming doors on anybody. Madame Gagnon will retain her responsibilities as Vice President, Public Affairs, Communications, CSR & Achieving Excellence System at Bombardier, to insure a proper transition.
Obviously, this is a direct consequence of Guy Hachey's departure and the subsequent disappearance of the so-called "Bombardier Aerospace Corporate" layer.
In the wake of Hachey's "retirement", Bombardier is now going to be managed, as 4 distinct companies. First is Bombardier Transport, no change here. Then add the three representing the formerly known "Bombardier Aerospace", i.e. 1-Business Aircraft, 2- Commercial Aircraft, 3- Aerostructures & Engineering Services, for a total of 4.
Also, I learned that Mike Arcamone, President Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, did confirm Marc Duchesne in his responsibilities as Director Communications and Senior CSeries spokesman at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
My CSeries Update
Since I've got your attention, I might as well also let you know that two engines are coming to Mirabel Bombardier facility during the coming week-end. Yes, your deduction is correct, they are CSeries FTV2 power plants! The Pratt & Whitney Purepower® engines will be delivered "ready to install" and to fly with! I'm also, let say, "guesstimating" that we will see FTV2 flying during next week, after a short half a day or so of engine start and a brief episode of high speed taxi runs. Added to this, still in the air, after FTV2 left for Wichita, there are distinct possibilities it heads for Arizona and Salina Kansa, just north of Wichita.
Like I reported earlier, I hear anew of CSeries pending order(s) depending on it getting up there soonest. Also hearing about very interested potential customers that want to see the bird fly happily again before going ahead in the selection. Let's hope that all of the announced specifications remain the same and get confirmed with the ongoing test flights. Fingers crossed!