On March 23rd Bombardier completed CSeries validation tests at London City airport and expects to receive certification to operate commercial flights to the facility in as little as six to eight weeks.
“The aircraft flew flawlessly.There were no issues,” Bombardier’s vice president of the CSeries program Robert Dewar told FlightGlobal.
Aircraft operating to London City require special certification largely due to the airport’s steep approach requirement.
Bombardier began London City certification tests for the CSeries months ago at other airports,performing approaches as steep as 7.5 degrees,Says Dewar.That’s steeper than London City’s %.5 degrees approach,he adds.
Following those trials,the Canadian airframe flew its second flight-test vhicle (C-GWYD),a CS100 variant to London Stansted airport on March 21st.
The aircraft landed for the first time at London City on March 22nd,completing four validation and demonstration tests that day and four on March 23rd,the company says.
Next ,Authorities will review Bombardier’s test data,Dewar says.The Company need approvals from Transport Canada,The European Aviation Safety Agecy and Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation,according to Dewar.Pilots must also complete London City specific training.
Bombardier designed the CSeries specifically for operation at London City,Dewar says.For instance,engineers tailored the aircraft’s wing and flight control laws with London City’s operating requirements in mind ,he adds
Source : Flightglobal/Bombardier