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On the 27th August the Bombardier CS300 tested the water at Mirabel in Canada. The 160-seater passed the runway water ingestion trials. An obligation before obtaining its certification.

In the middle of the runway, the manufacturer’s teams installed a 330 feet (100 metres), 0.8 inch (2 cm) deep water filled obstacle, with the objective of validating the behavior of the single-aisle on a waterlogged runway - as might happen at almost any time during its commercial operation.

Once underway, at 136 mph (220 km/h), the nose landing gear produced immense sprays of water, as seen here in slow motion. The risk is that this water could flood the aircraft’s engines, or the auxiliary power unit (APU) located at the rear of the fuselage, thus affecting their performance. It is absolutely necessary to ensure that the aircraft continues to operate normally despite this ingestion. For the CS300, the various tests were conclusive.

The CS100, the CS300’s 'little brother' has already passed 80% of the certification tests required, and will also soon be subjected to the same test. The first unit will be delivered to the airline Swiss in the first half of 2016.

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