Bombardier prepares for CSeries systems testing
The first systems for Bombardier’s CSeries jetliner program are now being developed and tested by partners and vendors in Canada, the USA and Europe, prior to delivery to Bombardier’s Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA).
According to Bombardier, the installation of the systems rigs at the CIASTA is progressing on schedule, and some parts, including the engine accessory gearbox and flight deck controls, have already arrived.
Located at the manufacturer’s Mirabel facility, 40km north of Montreal, the CIASTA is a high-tech laboratory that will be used for systems testing ahead of the aircraft’s first flight. The facility will then continue to support systems integration during the flight-test program.
The CSeries development programme aims to maximise the reliability and maintainability of the aircraft. Bombardier says it has based the programme on the principles of “risk mitigation, advanced quality planning and solid governance”.
“The CIASTA will integrate flight control systems, avionics, hydraulics, electrical and environmental control systems prior to the CSeries aircraft’s first flight,” says David Tidd, vice-president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s integrated product development team. “It is a significant advancement from the test rigs that Bombardier has used on its previous aircraft development programmes.”
“This virtual aircraft, which is in fact considered as the aircraft with serial number zero, will be used to extensively test systems design in order to mitigate risk and provide the necessary reliability prior to the first flight,” he adds.
The CIASTA complex covers an area of 5,760 square metres (62,000 square feet) adjacent to Bombardier’s CRJ regional jet assembly facility. The test area is the first in a series of large facilities planned in Mirabel, exclusively for CSeries testing, final assembly and delivery.
Bombardier says the facility has been developed together with several key CSeries partners and suppliers, including: CAE, Goodrich Actuation Systems, Hamilton Sundstrand, Honeywell, Liebherr-Aerospace, Parker Hannifin, Pratt & Whitney and Rockwell Collins. Representatives from these companies will be based in Mirabel to work with the airframer on systems testing and integration.
The CIASTA will house the CSeries programme’s Integrated Systems Test and Certification Rig (ISTCR), Engineering Simulator (ESIM), Systems Integration Test Stand (SITS), Flight Controls Integration Lab (FCIL) and Environmental Cabin Systems (ECS) rig.
The CSeries is to be a single-aisle 100- to 149-seat twinjet, which the manufacturer says will deliver “the lowest operating costs in its class, exceptional operational flexibility, widebody comfort and an unmatched environmental scorecard”.