Standing in -20 degree weather alongside runway 24 in Mirabel Ernie Arvai captured the first flight on video. The flight had been delayed one day because of inclement weather. In the end, the sky cleared but it got no warmer. This may go down as the coldest first flight on record.
From the video it is obvious just how quiet the Pratt & Whitney GTF is – its remarkably quiet. There can be little doubt that aircraft using this engine will be welcomed at airports with neighboring dormitory communities. Bob Deluce at Porter called the CSeries the”Whisperliner”. He’s right. This eerily quiet aircraft could probably serve Billy Bishop in downtown Toronto with less noise impact than exists at present.