Bombardier may get around Quebec's sometimes severe winter weather by conducting some flight tests of its new CSeries commercial aircraft in the United States, at the same location where its new Learjet 85 business jet is set for its maiden flight in the coming weeks. Program general manager Rob Dewar told an aerospace forum that the Montreal-based aircraft manufacturer plans to use its facilities in Wichita, Kan., if cold, snow and low clouds persist at its main testing centre in Mirabel, Que. Although the flight testing will be primarily based in Mirabel, the manufacturer plans to use its U.S. facilities to continue accumulating the required hours of testing before the aircraft can gain certification. "If we have a week of solid snow storms here, then it's difficult to get credit because you have to have the right environment conditions," he said in an interview after addressing Aero Montreal's aerospace innovation forum.
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