Flight test

November 11, 2013 - 2:31pm

The FAA issued a rule on November 5 specifically aimed at improving advanced pilot training for Part 121 pilots. The regulation is a direct result of a U.S. Congressional mandate following the 2009 crash of Colgan Flight 3407 near Buffalo, N.Y., in which the pilots first stalled and then lost control of the aircraft on approach.

November 5, 2013 - 3:35pm

After recently concluding all high-speed certification flights, the FAA has validated the Mach 0.935 maximum operating speed for Cessna’s new Citation X.

November 4, 2013 - 11:00am

Bombardier said its CSeries flight-test program is progressing as planned, and its “target” remains to complete the program and certify the new airliner one year after first flight, or by next September. However, the manufacturer said that it is discussing a definitive schedule for the five-aircraft test program with its suppliers and customers. It will reveal the schedule “in the next few months,” according to Pierre Beaudoin, president and CEO.

October 23, 2013 - 10:40am

New Citations are being equipped with the Cessna Diagnostic Maintenance System (CDMS). The system integrates event-driven and full-time data recording that provides maintenance needs on the pilot’s multi-function display and pushes the data to the aircraft’s service center.

October 22, 2013 - 3:20pm
Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of HondaJet

Engine development drives aircraft development, so it should not be surprising that Honda is forecasting the certification date of its HondaJet based on the date of the certification of its engine, the GE Honda Aero Engines HF120. It’s more complicated than that, of course, but that’s the Cliff Notes version.

October 22, 2013 - 10:57am

More than five weeks since the Bombardier CSeries FTV1 flew for the first time, the airplane has flown only two more times, taking its flight hour total to eight.

October 20, 2013 - 8:30am

The old federal building in Superior, Wis., dates back to 1908. The ornate masonry structure features high ceilings, marble floors and trim, stately woodwork and fixtures, enormous walk-in safes and vaults and massive open spaces. It was being redeveloped for private use when it caught Alan Klapmeier’s eye. This is where Klapmeier decided to set up shop as he and his team work to redesign and launch the Kestrel single-engine turboprop. The Kestrel first flew in 2006 when the company was called Farnborough Aircraft.

October 1, 2013 - 5:55am
Bombardier CSeries First Flight

The Bombardier CSeries took to the air for the first time on September 16 from Montreal Mirabel Airport, marking the start of a planned year-long flight-test program involving five CS100 prototypes.

The aircraft took off at about 10 a.m. on a brisk, crystal-clear day in Mirabel following a week of less-than-ideal weather conditions for flying. The milestone comes some eight-and-a-half months after the date specified by the original program schedule and follows two more recent missed targets, one at the end of June and the other at the end of July.

September 16, 2013 - 3:06pm

The Bombardier CSeries took to the air for the first time Monday morning from Montreal’s Mirabel Airport at around 9:55 a.m. local time, marking the start of a planned year-long flight test program involving five CS100 prototypes.

September 9, 2013 - 4:21pm

Bombardier’s CSeries will fly as soon as the flight test team encounters a large enough window of visual flight rule (VFR) conditions, a company spokesman told AIN on Monday.

 
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