Flight test

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.

September 4, 2013 - 4:35pm

Bombardier hopes to perform high-speed taxi tests with its CSeries airliner on Thursday, in preparation for first flight “in the coming weeks.”

August 30, 2013 - 11:19am

Transport Canada has issued Bombardier’s CSeries Clight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) its flight-test permit, clearing it for its maiden flight “in the coming weeks,” the manufacturer announced Friday. The approval follows a series of pre-flight tests including low-speed taxi runs.

August 22, 2013 - 10:47am

Mitsubishi Aircraft suffered another credibility hit on Wednesday, as the company announced the third major delay to the MRJ regional jet program.

August 5, 2013 - 12:13pm

Bombardier continues to cite a 12-month flight-test schedule for the CSeries airliner, notwithstanding repeated delays to first flight that have now pushed expected entry into service to August next year at the earliest. Speaking Thursday during the company’s second-quarter earnings call, Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin attempted to refute reports that the company has begun “reassessing” the timespan between first flight and service entry.

July 24, 2013 - 9:50am

Bombardier’s new CSeries airliner won’t fly by the end of July as most recent program schedules had indicated, the company confirmed in a statement released Wednesday. It now expects first flight to occur “in the coming weeks.”

July 23, 2013 - 9:27am

Sunday’s incident involving a Sukhoi Superjet 100 in which the airplane landed with its gear retracted at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland will not affect operations of any in-service SSJ100s, the Russian manufacturer said in a statement released Monday.

July 8, 2013 - 12:40pm

Mitsubishi Aircraft expects parent company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to start final assembly of the first MRJ90 in Nagoya, Japan, within “two to three months,” ostensibly in time for its planned maiden flight by year-end. Schedules call for first delivery of the airplane to launch customer All Nippon Airways of Japan by the end of 2015.

July 5, 2013 - 10:15am
NASA S-3 Viking research aircraft

NASA started flight testing a prototype data link radio from Rockwell Collins to support the planned introduction of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the U.S. National Airspace System.

July 2, 2013 - 12:45am
During a demo flight at Istres air force base, the unmanned EC145 performed a hover to release  a sling load.

Eurocopter performed a demonstration flight of an “optionally piloted vehicle” (OPV) version of the EC145 in late April, with the goal of eventually employing any of its models in unmanned operations such as automated surveillance and cargo hauling. Secret flight-testing began two weeks earlier at Istres air force base in France. The project’s coordination team is based at Eurocopter’s research and development center in Donauwörth, Germany, where the first flights, with a monitoring pilot, took place.

 
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