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Bombardier gets go-ahead for CSeries tests

Aug. 30, 2013, Montreal - Bombardier Aerospace said Friday it has received a flight test permit from Transport Canada for the first CSeries aircraft, clearing the way for the jet's first test flight.


August 30, 2013
By The Canadian Press

The company did not say when the flight would take place other than that it would be in "the coming weeks.''

The first flight of the CSeries has been delayed several times.

It was initially expected to fly by the end of 2012, but that was delayed until June, then to the end of July and recently for a "few weeks'' more.

Bombardier said the flight test permit follows a series of pre-flight tests including low-speed taxi runs.

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The test aircraft will now start high-speed taxi runs to simulate the speeds for flight take-off.

"Five years in the making and today, following receipt of Transport Canada's flight test permit, we are very close to the CSeries airliner's first flight,'' said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

"The CSeries aircraft teams have spent the last few weeks completing rigorous exercises to ensure the integrity and maturity of the aircraft are absolutely in check with the flight crew's
requirements.''

The CSeries jet is expected to compete with some of the smaller planes made by Boeing and Airbus.

Bombardier has received 388 commitments for the aircraft, including 177 firm orders as of June 30.