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Bombardier CSeries begins runway tests

Bombardier Aerospace has confirmed that runway tests have begun for its latest product, the CSeries. The aircraft’s engines were powered on for the first time just three weeks ago.

The particular CSeries aircraft, known as Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) has commenced a series of low-speed taxi runs, having recently completed thrust reverser runs and stationary high-powered engine runs.

“It was thrilling to see FTV1 move under its own power on the tarmac during the low-speed taxi runs this week,” said Robert Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, CSeries Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “I’m also pleased to share that FTV1 completed the high-powered engine runs while the aircraft was stationary. When full thrust was applied, we were able to run full vibration checks – but most telling, the flight test team was extremely impressed with how quiet the engines were at full power.”

Following the recent “shakedown” of the aircraft (check of the airframe along with all systems and flight controls), teams progressively started to add more power to the engines as FTV1 commenced low-speed taxi runs and other accompanying tests.

FTV1 is slated to enter the paint shop soon as it readies to take to the skies for the first time in coming weeks.

Check out a video below of the CSeries taxi runs.

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