Former flight test aircraft donated to aviation technology school


Canadian aerospace engineering college École nationale d’aérotechnique has received a Bombardier CSeries aircraft formerly used in the CSeries flight test program for students to train on.

The CS100 aircraft will join 37 other airplanes in École nationale d’aérotechnique’s (ÉNA) static fleet in Québec, which also includes two Learjet and two Challenger aircraft from Bombardier. It will be used for technical training on avionics, maintenance and aerospace engineering courses

The aircraft was the third Flight Test Vehicle of the CSeries program and accumulated 1,400 flight hours. It was mainly used for avionics and electrical tests as well as for community noise testing.

Alain Bellemare, president and CEO of Bombardier said, “Building strong partnerships with local teaching institutions is key to developing the next generation of aerospace professionals. By donating a CSeries to ÉNA, we hope to inspire a growing number of Québec students to consider exciting careers in the aerospace industry.”

Sylvain Lambert, director of the ÉNA said, “To be the first, and possibly only school in the world, to receive such an immense gift from our partner Bombardier positions our school as the best in the world. The public will be able to visit and experience our C Series aircraft and our school at our Open House on November 11.”

The CS100 is now known as the A220-100 following Airbus’ purchase of a 50.01% majority stake in the CSeries program in October 2017. Eight CSeries flight test aircraft were made by Bombardier between 2013 and 2016.

ÉNA trains around 1,300 students a year in full-time programs and several hundred technicians in continuing education courses. The college has five hangars and a fleet of 38 aircraft, 27 airplanes and 11 helicopters and more than 30 laboratories and workshops.

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