In today’s computer world and fancy 3D programs, it turns out there is still a place for airframe mock-ups to cross-check computer programming and to actually be sure the human can reach the nooks and crannies in an airplane.
Bombardier and Airbus are using mock-ups for the CSeries and A350. AirInsight has this report.
Bombardier’s iron bird this week began virtual flights. This is a key process to test the systems before the first airplane rolls out and it is a key way BBD hopes to avoid delaying EIS. Most people believe the first flight will be 3-6 months late (we concur) and BBD itself has been telegraphing the prospect of a 3-5 month delay, though so far it is sticking to its official schedule that first flight will be in late December.