In addition to the maiden flight of the single-aisle Bombardier jet, it was the first time the new Pratt engine had taken to the air as part of an aircraft certification program, Bombardier said in a written release. The fuel-efficient and quiet jet engine has been chosen by five aircraft manufacturers -- Airbus, Bombardier,
"We couldn't have wished for a better maiden flight," said Capt.
The flight test vehicle one -- painted in white with blue accents -- reached an altitude of 12,500 feet and an air speed of 230 knots, Bombardier said. In flight, Ellis tested extensions of the flaps and the landing gear as well as the flight control system.
The aircraft completed the first flight after high-speed taxi tests last week and about 3,000 hours of ground and flight testing.
He said the technology in the Pratt engine, which increases fuel efficiency by an estimated 20 percent while lowering noise by about 75 percent, "fits extremely well with the innovative aircraft that we are bringing to market." The design behind the advances is a gear system that allows a number of elements in the engine to spin at their optimal speeds, rather than all at the same speed.
Final assembly of the engine for Bombardier, known as the PW1500G, will occur at the company's factory in
"We congratulate Bombardier on the CSeries aircraft's historic first flight and we're proud to be powering the aircraft -- the first 'next generation' and all-new airplane to enter the single-aisle market segment," said
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