Canh Nham, Civil Aviation, National Capital Region (NCR)
On March 21, 2011, a delegation from the Peoples’ Republic of China, represented by officials of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), visited Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) in Ottawa. The purpose of the CAAC visit was to meet and discuss the Bombardier Aerospace CSeries aircraft with key management personnel in National Aircraft Certification, Standards and International Operations.
The National Aircraft Certification (NAC) branch is responsible for type certification of virtually all Canadian aeronautical products and type validation of foreign aeronautical products destined for operations in Canada. To manage and oversee the type certification of the CSeries, which is a five-year, multi-faceted project, a team of highly skilled and dedicated professionals within the NAC branch has been assigned.
Type certification of the CSeries is the initial step required before the aircraft can enter full scale production and commercial operation. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as has been the case with other Canadian aeronautical products, are participating in this process as part of their type design validation activities. Their concurrent involvement during type certification allows for the issuance of the EASA and FAA approvals, which is one of the prerequisites for importation into the respective foreign countries, shortly after the type certificate is issued by TCCA.
Early participation of the CAAC in the Canadian type certification of the CSeries aircraft supports the CAAC in issuance of their approval for the CSeries shortly after the TCCA type certification.
The visit culminated in the signing of a Technical Arrangement between the CAAC and TCCA, which details the collaboration between the two authorities and is in direct support of the CAAC type validation of the CSeries aircraft.
A few facts about the CSeries
Bombardier Aerospace, an internationally recognized Canadian company headquartered in Montreal, Québec announced the launch of the CSeries at the 2008 Farnborough Air Show and applied to TCCA for type certification of the CSeries in December 2009. This 100 to 149 seat aircraft is Bombardier’s first incursion into this class of commercial aircraft, adding to the company’s current Regional Aircraft and Business Aircraft models.
According to a recent news release by Bombardier, China is an important market with tremendous growth in this area forecasted. Over the next 20 years, it is estimated that there will be 1,400 aircraft in the 100-149 seat capacity delivered to China, with the CSeries being in position to capture a share of this market.
Bombardier signed a Framework Agreement with a major aerospace manufacturer in China in March 2011 to establish a long-term strategic cooperation on commercial aircraft. As part of this Framework Agreement, both parties will also evaluate possibilities for cooperation with regards to the Chinese C919 and the Canadian CSeries aircraft program commonalities, joint procurement as well as collaboration on the future product lines of both companies.
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