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Sukhoi Superjet 100 reaches 100 flight hours

Sukhoi Superjet 100 has scored 100 hours in the air. Certification launched.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 is ready to undergo a certification stage. Flight certification tests of the first SSJ100 will begin right after factory flight tests have been completed. In the course of these flight tests the aircraft completed over 40 flights, having scored more than 100 hours in the air. It gained a maximum flight altitude of 11,300 meters at the speed of 0.7 Max.

The Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee concluded a technical review of the factory flight tests. These tests proved that all aircraft systems are able to work smoothly and efficiently at all design modes within a total range of flying speeds, altitudes, angles and balances. This stage estimated flight and technical performance of the aircraft as well as its aerodynamic characteristics, including takeoff/landing performance, and a climb rate.

The conducted tests demonstrated distinct convergence of aircraft characteristics with the designed ones, obtained through aerodynamic wind tunnel and bench tests as well as simulation. Thus, these tests confirmed the expected level of static, aerodynamic, flight, technical, takeoff & landing performance as well as the hourly fuel consumption rate. The latter confirms competitive advantages declared earlier. During Sukhoi Superjet 100's presentation at Khabarovsk, AR IAC awarded the first flying aircraft with the Experimental Certificate and the authorization vital for the first stage of the certification tests to take place. The first stage of the certification campaign will involve tests on high angles of attack.

The tests on high angles of attack are supposed to determine aircraft's stall parameters and to attest the piloting safety initially implemented within the flight control system at the development stage. In the future this will largely contribute to flight safety in Russia. When this takes place, the aircraft will undergo flight certification tests targeted to confirm flight and technical performance, takeoff and landing characteristics, stability and controllability, as well as the aircraft strength characteristics and flutter safety. In the course of preparing the high angles of attack flight test campaign, two flights had already been performed by Mikhail Torokhov, a test pilot of the State Research Institute of Civil Aviation. Certification flight test campaign will be performed by 10 test pilots altogether. The Russian type certificate is expected to be obtained by the 2H09 with deliveries to begin late 2009.

It is increasingly important to highlight that today - together with the first flying aircraft - we have more Sukhoi Superjet 100's.

SSJ100#95003 – the second aircraft – has undergone through a whole series of system development tests and is now ready for frequency tests. The SSJ100#95003 aircraft is ready to have the engines mounted.

As scheduled, the second flying aircraft will be introduced into the flight test campaign by the end of November 2008.

The third and the fourth test aircraft are experiencing a system installation stage. The sixth in succession Sukhoi Superjet 100 designed for aircraft endurance tests is now at the final assembly shop and by the end of October 2008 will be transferred to the Siberian Research Institute of Aviation located in the city of Novosibirsk.

All manufacturing sites – KnAAPO, NAPO, and VASO – continue producing parts for the first four aircraft, intended for airlines. The first such aircraft, which is the seventh in succession of the SSJ100 family, is experiencing the assembly of panels, fuselage sections, outer wing and pylons.

Press release issued by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft CJSC on October 27, 2008


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