The program has now comfortably exceeded its original target of 2,400 hours and we estimate the program is now at over 107% of the target. As the chart illustrates September was a slower month. But looking at the trend, it seems that August was a spike making September more consistent with the earlier months.
Based on the numbers we would think we are nearing the certification process. We understand that the aircraft will soon be seen across North America shortly doing longer flight tests between key cities. This will allow the region’s spotter community opportunities to catch the various FTVs all over.
Meanwhile the CS300 has accumulated some 330 flight hours, taking the entire fleet over 2,900 hours. Along with the expected regional test flights coming up, we are increasingly confident the program should be in the certification process early November.