Last week PSA Maintenance personnel visited the Bombardier facility north of Montreal, Canada to inspect the first of PSA’s upcoming 30 aircraft, due to begin delivery this summer. The first CRJ900 NextGen underwent stages one and two of inspection which included examination of the wings and fuselage. The aircraft was also inspected for defects such as skin flaws, improper riveting, and tool marks. Each aircraft will undergo a total of five stages of inspection plus a final delivery stage.
PSA Maintenance personnel met with Quality Assurance and Maintenance employees from Bombardier to perform the assessment. The inspection uncovered minimal discrepancies, defects, or anomalies, prompting no major necessary changes. This first aircraft, according to current projections, will undergo its next inspection toward the end of March. This inspection will include landing gear fits and clearances as well as flight control checks and clearances. The tentative delivery date for this aircraft is June 2nd.
The second of PSA’s upcoming aircraft has already begun production and will be ready for its own stage one and two inspections by April 1st. At the current rate of production, PSA will take delivery of all 30 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft by June 2015.