Bombardier's CRJ1000 is scheduled to make its first flight within weeks, the Canadian airframer told Runway Girl today.
Clarifying an earlier report, a Bombardier spokesman says the CRJ1000 is "on schedule".
"We are en route to an entry-into-service date during the fourth quarter of 2009. We have undergone engine and systems tests. Following completion of all systems tests and safety of flight certification, we'll get into taxi tests followed by first flight," he says.
"First flight is expected before the end of summer," adds the spokesman. The company has had a standing prediction that first flight would occur by summer's end, but had thought it likely to occur in July.
So, you ask, when does summer actually end? In the Northern hemisphere, based on astronomy, summer ends on the September equinox, around 22-23 September, says our Wikipedia friend. That gives Bombardier about four more weeks to get this bird in the air per its scheduled timeframe.
The flight test program is expected to take about 590 flight hours up to basic certification, plus about 150 flight hours to support entry-into-service of the 100-seat aircraft. The prototype CRJ1000 was created through the stretch of the CRJ900 test aircraft. The aircraft is currently at Mirabel.