Most casual aviation observers have followed the progress of new airplanes like Boeing's 787, or Airbus' A380. But for the hard-core fans, Monday offered a reason for excitement: the first flight of Bombardier's new CSeries jet.
Taking off at 12:22 p.m. ET from Montreal's Mirabel Airport, the CS100 -- a regional jet that can carry between 108 and 125 passengers -- took to the sky for a two-and-a-half hour journey. A big part of the test flight was to see how the airplane's Pratt & Whitney PW1524G engines performed.