Tex­tron AirLand Scor­pion mile­stone

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Tex­tron AirLand has com­pleted the Scor­pion’s 266th flight test hour, one year after its first flight on De­cem­ber 12, 2013. “To­day’s an­niver­sary flight was a fit­ting trib­ute to our teams who have worked tire­lessly to meet a very de­mand­ing flight test sched­ule,” said Tex­tron AirLand pres­i­dent Bill An­der­son .

“In the past year, Scor­pion has flown to many US states and across the At­lantic— demon­strat­ing that a highly af­ford­able, rel­e­vant, multi-mis­sion tac­ti­cal air­craft can also be highly re­li­able,” he added.

Scor­pion’s first-year avail­abil­ity rat­ing was greater than 95 per cent, an ex­tremely high mis­sion ca­pa­bil­ity score for a pro­to­type tac­ti­cal jet air­craft. It has demon­strated be­low $3,000 per flight hour. Scor­pion crossed the At­lantic for its in­ter­na­tional de­but at the Royal In­ter­na­tional Air Tat­too and Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Airshow. The trip was com­pleted one day ahead of sched­ule, cov­er­ing over 9,200 nau­ti­cal miles in a to­tal of 38 hours flight time.

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