In June 2012, Bombardier played host to approximately 60 visitors (mainly media and analysts) at Mirabel, Quebec for a first-hand look at the CSeries Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA) and production facility that will house the aircraft’s final assembly line. The impressive tour demonstrated that the key facilities are ramping up to reduce the amount of time required to prepare the manufacturing process. And it’s off to a strong start.
The hydraulic system for the CSeries aircraft was commissioned on “Aircraft 0” (Aircraft Zero), Bombardier’s onthe- ground systems test rig, late in May 2012. Along with the electrical system, which was commissioned earlier in 2012, the hydraulic system will permit enhanced validation testing of the CSeries family of aircraft integrated systems prior to first flight.
“This was an important milestone that now allows for the operation of the actuation systems for the aircraft’s flight control surfaces, thrust reversers and landing gear,” said Rob Dewar, Vice-president and General Manager, CSeries, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Capt. Peter Koch
CSeries Project Pilot
Swiss European Airlines
“I felt right at home as soon as I sat in the cockpit. There was obviously a great deal of engineering involved, but this is a cockpit designed by pilots for pilots with the latest state-of-the art avionics technology in navigation and communications that will set a new standard for the industry.”
“Excitement in the development of the CSeries aircraft keeps building as ‘Aircraft 0’ matures and provides us with the ability to collect more data in sophisticated areas particularly as we prepare to power up the flight systems,” said Mr. Dewar. “Every week the testing and delivery of key components and systems from our suppliers around the globe helps make the CSeries aircraft real. Bombardier’s collaborative approach to supply chain management is showing real benefits and delivering outstanding results as the progress continues and specific systems are powered up for on-the-ground validation.”
In Belfast, Northern Ireland, the CSeries composite wing program is meeting all expectations. Bombardier Belfast has confirmed that it will meet the target weight for the complete wing including all the systems installations and control surfaces.
The complete set of advanced composite wing skins and spars has been produced for the first flight test vehicle for the CSeries aircraft. Some of the large titanium components to support the main landing gear have been delivered. Assembly of the rear spar is in progress.
Bombardier has established a Customer Support organization dedicated exclusively to the CSeries aircraft program. Entry into Service (EIS) is scheduled for late in 2013. EIS Project Managers and Customer Care Account Managers have been assigned to each customer, developing a customized EIS plan for that customer.
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