Bombardier CS300 completes maiden flight

The composites-intensive CS300, a single-aisle jet that seats 100 to 149 passengers, joins the five CS100 aircraft already in testing.

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Bombardier (Montréal, QC, Canada) announced on Feb. 27 the maiden flight of the CS300 airliner. The composites-intensive CSeries aircraft joins the five CS100 aircraft already in testing and is designed for the 100- to 149-seat market segment.

The CS300 airliner – bearing Canadian registration markings C-FFDK – departed Montréal–Mirabel International Airport at 11:00 EST and returned at 15:58 EST. It reached an altitude of 12,500 and a speed of 255 knots (470 kmh).

Capt. Andris (Andy) Litavniks, who was the co-pilot on the historic maiden flight of the smaller CS100 model on Sept. 16, 2013, was pilot-in-command on CS300 milestone flight. Capt. Litavniks was assisted by co-pilot Christophe Marchand and flight test engineers Anthony Dunne and Mark Metivet.

“It was an absolute privilege to fly the first flight of the CS300 airliner and I’m absolutely ecstatic with how well it handled. It’s a pilot’s aircraft and handled exactly as predicted by simulation,” says Litavniks. “Pilots will find it easy to transition from the CS100 to the CS300 aircraft or vice versa, which will greatly reduce training costs for operators using both models.”

“Our CSeries aircraft program is progressing well, with results from testing as expected or better. The CS300 airliner will now join the five CS100 aircraft flight test vehicles that have amassed more than 1,000 flight test hours to date,” says Rob Dewar, vice president, CSeries Program. “We are confident the CS100 aircraft will be certified in the second half of 2015, followed closely by entry-into-service. The CS300 airliner is expected to follow about six months later.”