To paint or not: We’re in Chicago for an industry event called Chi-Stat (essentially a big party) and one of the topics of discussion is whether Bombardier should take a few days out of its test schedule to paint CSeries Flight Test Vehicle 1 in advance of the first flight.
Yes, one side says, even if it means delaying the flight a few days into July. The world wide photos of first flight is worth painting the airplane. No, the other side says: Bombardier is focused on maintaining schedule. We were a bit surprised at the time of the “reveal” in March that the airplane had not been painted then. There was no roll-out because BBD didn’t want to break the schedule. Officials are very focused on breaking the recent history of Airbus and Boeing delays and to not add to the six month delay already built into the CSeries program.
What do you think?
Here are a couple of BBD items: