Returns to Flight on Sunday, CSeries FTV2 Ready for Engine Start, Picture Now 9:50 local
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September 5, 2014 - 10:03 local (14:03 UTC)
Updated: September 5, 2014 - 12:15 local (16:15 UTC)
(I Confirmed: CSeries FTV2 Engines Have Both Been Started)
Picture taken just now at Mirabel airport, route 408, next to Bombardier facility
Stay tuned, I will post an update when FTV2 (Flight Test Vehicle) engines are started today. Presently, as you see on this picture I took earlier this morning, FTV2 (CSeries CS100 C-GWYD) is being prepared to have its engines started.
Last time CSeries FTV2 flew was on May 7, 2014 for its 27th flight.
On May 29, 2014, FTV4 flew twice, the same day of the infamous engine #1 (left of pilot) problem on FTV1 while being serviced on the ground by Pratt & Whitney staff. No CSeries flew ever since. After FTV2 returns to flight, expect it to be heading pretty soon after to Wichita, where FTV3 is presently located.
CSeries flight recapitulation: FTV1 completed 66 flights, FTV2 27, FTV3 about 20 and FTV4 4 flights for a total above 110-120 so far.
(More information on my section called "Sylvain Faust's Notes" from the top of this page)
Why not flying FTV2 Saturday (tomorrow) instead? The expected weather for Montreal tomorrow (September 6, 2014) is the very good so far. Stay tuned as "maybe" we have FTV2 flying tomorrow instead, but Sunday is "sky clear"...
The real "event" that will turn the last page from this chapter of the CSeries saga will be when we see FTV1 (C-FBCS) flying again, confirming it has been fully repaired and, most importantly, that engine #1 is behaving normally, again, especially oil wise!
This coming September 16 will be the one year anniversary of the CSeries Maiden flight where FTV1 did its flight at Mirabel Airport where I was also present. Review my CSeries pictures in my "Photos/Videos" section (click the "More..." top right of the page).