Published on December 20th, 2015 | by Jim Lee0
Bombardier’s CS100 aircraft receives Transport Canada Type Certification
On 18th December Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that its all-new CS100 aircraft had received its Transport Canada Type Certification, following a comprehensive and rigorous testing program, which included more than 3,000 flight test hours, the validation of thousands of test results and the authentication of extensive design and performance data. Obtaining the Type Certificate for the CS100 aircraft paves the way for the delivery and entry into service of the CS100 aircraft, with first operator SWISS, in the second quarter (Q2) of 2016.
“This is an historic moment for Bombardier. Years of dedicated efforts and collaboration culminate today in a very proud moment for many as we celebrate the CS100 aircraft’s Transport Canada Type Certification. I heartily congratulate our teams for their commitment to developing, testing and certifying the CS100 aircraft,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Bringing to market the only new family of aircraft developed for the 100- to 150- seat market segment in close to 30 years is a standout accomplishment — the C Series aircraft is now well on its way to opening up new opportunities for operators, while delivering unrivalled economic advantages, performance, and environmental credentials. It’s the new reality for the single-aisle market.”
Design Approval Designees (DADs), engineers authorised to act on behalf of the Minister of Transport to approve aeronautical design and make findings of compliance, worked closely with Transport Canada over the last five years planning, testing, and reviewing thousands of technical drawings and documents that ultimately define the C Series aircraft and allow it to be built against this design definition. Once Bombardier demonstrated that the C Series aircraft design fully complied with the safety requirements mandated by Transport Canada, the aircraft was issued its Type Certificate.
“Our highly skilled Flight Test, Ground Test and Engineering teams, along with our suppliers, have successfully designed, developed, tested and certified this best-in-class aircraft – introducing multiple new technologies resulting in the aircraft exceeding the performance targets we committed at program launch,” said François Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer, Bombardier Inc. and Head of Bombardier’s Design Approval Organization. “I applaud our employees’ innovation, dedication and engagement on achieving this key milestone. I am confident we will execute on our next commitments with the same diligence and excellence.”
Bombardier’s CS300 aircraft, the larger model, is on track to obtain its Type Certificate within the next six months as planned. Bombardier will continue to work with Transport Canada to validate the CS100 aircraft’s training syllabus and allow entry into service in the first half of 2016. The CS100 and CS300 aircraft have over 95% parts commonality, as well as the same type rating. Bombardier claim that the ground-breaking Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1500G engine, combined with advanced aerodynamics, delivers reduced fuel burn, noise and emissions, increases the aircraft’s environmental and social compatibility.
“Today we salute everyone that has dedicated years of service and commitment to developing the C Series aircraft and I wish to personally thank all our customers, partners, suppliers and more than 2,300 employees at various Bombardier facilities for their contributions to the program,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “While we shift this same focus and dedication towards ensuring a flawless entry-into-service alongside first operator SWISS — with first delivery planned in the second quarter of 2016 — we also look forward to continuing demo flights to showcase this magnificent aircraft to airlines and other interested operators around the world.”
Currently Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 603 C Series aircraft, which include firm orders for 243.
Given the involvement of Bombardier Aerospace, Northern Ireland, in the C Series aircraft programme, in particular in the design and manufacture of the advanced composite wings, Michael Ryan, Vice-President and General Manager, Bombardier Belfast, in a statement said “this is an achievement of which all our employees and our supply chain should be justly proud”. He added “The wings are produced using a patented Resin Transfer Infusion process developed by our Belfast engineers, and represent a step change in aircraft wing design and manufacture. In fact, the aircraft certification authorities described our Belfast operation as having set a new standard for composite wing certification – a tremendous endorsement of our engineering expertise.”
The programme is hugely important for both the company and the region, as Bombardier Aerospace is the largest manufacturing company in Northern Ireland, and produces around 10% of Northern Ireland’s total manufacturing exports. An extensive supply chain includes around 800 approved suppliers in the UK and Ireland, and a further 100 in Europe.
We have previously noted that while all new airline designs seem prone to long delays and cost overruns, the development of the C Series has been particularly difficult and has severely impacted on the company’s balance sheet. While the certification is an important and critical milestone in the aircraft’s development, it may not be the boost in confidence airlines need to bring more orders. Of concern is the fact that the aircraft that has not had a single order in more than a year.
Certification follows the announcement on 29th October that the Government of Québec (the Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations du Québec) had agreed to invest $1 billion through Investissement Québec in the C Series aircraft program for a 49.5% equity stake in a newly-created limited partnership to which would be transferred the assets, liabilities and obligations of the C Series aircraft programme. Nevertheless, Bombardier still faces significant challenges with the programme, including ramping up production and dealing with any further cost overruns or teething problems, as the aircraft enters service.