Bombardier has relocated a second CSeries test aircraft to Wichita, Kansa, from Montreal to take advantage of better weather for flight testing as it works to recover from a 100-day grounding following an engine failure during ground tests.
Bombardier has resumed flight tests of the CSeries airliner after a hiatus of more than 100 days following an engine failure during ground testing, but an analyst is warning the company may be forced to push back the already-delayed entry into service.
Bombardier will restart CSeries flight testing and remains confident the initial 110-seat CS100 will still enter service in the second half of 2015 despite a halt of more than three months after an engine failure during ground testing.
The Pratt & Whitney PW1500G geared turbofan (GTF) engine that malfunctioned on Bombardier CSeries flight test aircraft FTV1 had been having problems and was repaired just before the low-pressure turbine failed during ground tests, Bombardier executives have told analysts from UBS.
Pratt & Whitney has made a preliminary determination of the root cause of the PW1500G geared-turbofan engine failure during ground tests on a CSeries and is working with Bombardier “on a plan to resume testing in the next few weeks.”
Bombardier is marketing a 50-seat passenger/cargo combi version of the Q400 turboprop as it strives to extend the production life of its regional aircraft through the transition to full-rate output of the CSeries narrowbody aircraft.
Early Bombardier CSeries flight-test results are supporting performance predictions, giving the Canadian manufacturer confidence in its projections for the all-new narrowbody airliner, the company’s head of aerospace said Thursday.
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