MC-21 300 flight test program makes progress


Engineers at Russian aircraft-maker Irkut have completed the fit-out of the fourth MC-21-300 test aircraft,

The aircraft, which is equipped with a passenger cabin, made the non-stop flight from Irkutsk to Ulyanovsk Vostochny airport in Russia last week. The test-aircraft will be painted In Ulyanovsk and will then fly to Ramenskoye airport near Moscow to continue flight testing.

The aircraft was piloted by test pilots Roman Taskaev and Vasily Sevastyanov. Taskayev said, “The flight was in normal mode, without complaint.”

The Russian aerospace company Aviastar-SP Plant produces the fuselage panels, empennage and many other units for MC-21-300 aircraft in Ulyanovsk, while the AeroComposit-Ulyanovsk Company produces the wing made of composite materials.

The painting of MC-21-300 aircraft is being done by the Ulyanovsk company Spektr-Avia.

Yuri Slyusar, President of United Aircraft Corporation said: “The Irkutsk aviation plant has completed the assembly and systems installation of the fourth MC-21-300 flight test aircraft. Joining the third and fourth aircraft to flight tests will increase intensity of the certification program.”

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