|Quoting Planemaker (Reply 46):|
In Davos, Switzerland, Pierre Beaudoin said today to the Canadian Press that he "hopes that its CSeries airliners will take its first flight in June."
Interesting. I remember reading somewhere that the fastest Bombardier ever put together a plane was 5 months. I also remember reading that they were having much greater success putting this airplane together than previous programs.
So I wonder what the hold up is.
If we assume that they started final assembly on October 1st, that would mean completion by the end of Feb. Given the pics here, not unreasonable. If we assume a fudge of a month, that means 2 months of ground testing at least before first flight. Anybody have any idea for an aircraft of this size and complexity, if it would actually take 2 months of ground testing?
Then again, Beaudoin could just be parroting the official target and their internals may be quicker (or worse!....i hope not). I don't know if it's possible with flight testing and/or certification (or exemptions) by then. But it would be quite the coup if they could pull off the first CSeries TATL flight to the Paris Air Show.