Airbus A220, FTV8 is back home

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The eighth and last test aircraft that Bombardier used for A220 certification is back in Mirabel. This unit is an A220-300, serial number 55002, and it has a complete interior. FTV stands for flight test vehicle.

He returned on September 9th from his annual tour to Asia and the Middle East. He currently flies several flights a day in Eastern Canada. Airbus told us “that FTV8 is here to conduct ongoing pilot training activities to support the entry into service of our customers. Guess which client?

This is still Bombardier’s name on the Canadian Civil Aircraft Register for all of the A220 FTVs. It should be noted that Transport Canada considers the operator first and not the owner for its records. In this regard, Airbus Canada responded to us as follows: “the flight test aircraft are owned by Airbus Canada Limited Partnership, but are operated by Bombardier (Flight Test Center) in Wichita, the time of the transition.

For production aircraft, the pilots are now pilots of the Airbus Canada limited partnership and the aircraft belong to us, as long as they are not delivered to the customer. “

This situation also explains why the test flight number still starts with BBA5XX.

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