posted on May, 31 2014 @ 04:43 PM
On May 29th, CSeries test aircraft FTV-1 suffered an unspecified failure of one of the PW1500G engines. Reports indicate that both debris and smoke
came from the exhaust section after the failure occurred during a ground test of the engine. Reports are that the aircraft suffered damage as well,
leading to speculation that it was a high energy failure.
It's unclear if the failure was related to another failure of an unspecified GTF engine being tested on a Boeing 747SP test aircraft. That engine
was thought to be one of the PW1100G engines under development for the A320neo.
Bombardier has completed 300 hours of flight testing currently, with a total of 2400 hours planned. They were looking to accelerate the test program,
but this will stop testing until it's determined what happened to the engine. FTV-1 recently completed stall testing, as well as envelop
certification. FTV-2 recently completed extreme weather testing at the McKinley Climactic Facility, where the A350 is currently undergoing testing.
FTV-3 is in Wichita undergoing avionics and electrical testing. FTV-4 is a designated performance aircraft, with 5-7 currently undergoing
CSeries engine failure