Bombardier gearing up ‘virtual aircraft’ test rig for CSeries

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Published: March 22, 2011

Bombardier said the first systems for its CSeries aircraft are being developed and tested by suppliers in advance of installation at its “Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area” in Mirabel, where the company plans to “extensively test” all systems on a “virtual aircraft.”

“The CIASTA will integrate flight control systems, avionics, hydraulics, electrical and environmental control systems prior to the CSeries aircraft’s first flight. It is a significant advancement from the test rigs that Bombardier has used on its previous aircraft development programs,” VP-integrated Product Development Team David Tidd said in a statement,

The CIASTA facility, which broke ground in 2009, spans 5,760 sq. m. (62,000 sq. ft.). The engine accessory gearbox and flight deck controls have already arrived, Bombardier said, adding that cooperation on the project is coming from CAE, Goodrich Actuation Systems, Hamilton Sundstrand, Honeywell, Liebherr-Aerospace, Parker Hannifin, Rockwell Collins and Pratt & Whitney. Pratt in February conducted the first ground tests on the PW1000G series engine that will power the CSeries (ATW Daily News, Feb. 17).

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