Tex­tron Air Land’s Scor­pion achieves Mach 0.72

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Tex­tron AirLand, LLC, a joint ven­ture be­tween Tex­tron Inc. and AirLand En­ter­prises, LLC, re­cently an­nounced that the Scor­pion has com­pleted 50 hours of flight time since the start of flight test­ing in De­cem­ber 2013.

The ob­jec­tive of re­cent flights has been to gather data about the air­craft’s per­for­mance at var­i­ous speeds, al­ti­tudes and climb rates, as well as to as­sess the re­spon­sive­ness of Scor­pion’s avion­ics, flight con­trols and land­ing sys­tem.

“The air­craft sys­tems have per­formed well within the ex­pected pa­ram­e­ters, with very few is­sues,” said Scor­pion’s Chief En­gi­neer, Dale Tutt. “This is a sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit of us­ing ma­ture, non-devel­op­men­tal sys­tems: in ad­di­tion to re­duc­ing the over­all de­vel­op­ment time of the pro­to­type air­craft, the sys­tems have proven to be very re­li­able.”

Test pi­lot Dan Hin­son added, “The flight con­trol sys­tems are pow­ered by dual hy­draulic sys­tems based on the Ci­ta­tion X busi­ness jet, and have per­formed flaw­lessly. In the event of a loss of both hy­draulic sys­tems, the air­plane can be flown in man­ual re­ver­sion.”

The Scor­pion test­ing pro­gramme re­mains on pace to com­plete 300-400 test hours this year, which will re­quire about 150 flights. This is ex­pected to in­clude a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional flights, pend­ing the stan­dard ap­provals.

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