Em­braer’s KC-390 heads to­wards cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in 2017

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

The first pro­to­type of the KC-390, nextgen­er­a­tion multi-mis­sion air­craft by Em­braer, re­turned to Brazil af­ter suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing its first in­ter­na­tional mis­sion, last­ing 23 days and fly­ing more than 48 hours. Cur­rently, two KC-390 pro­to­types ac­cu­mu­lated more than 400 flight hours. Be­sides par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Farn­bor­ough Air­show in Eng­land, where the air­craft made its in­ter­na­tional de­but, the first pro­to­type also con­ducted de­mon­stra­tion flights with pro­gramme part­ners and po­ten­tial cus­tomers.

Cov­er­ing more than 16,300 nau­ti­cal miles (about 30,200 kilo­me­tres) just in ferry flights, with op­er­a­tions in other in­ter­na­tional air­ports such as Sal (Cape Verde), Alverca (Por­tu­gal) Odolena Voda (Czech Repub­lic), Cairo (Egypt), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and Malta, the air­craft demon­strated its high level of ma­tu­rity, with avail­abil­ity reach­ing 100 per cent dur­ing the 16 flights planned and car­ried out in lo­ca­tions where the tem­per­a­ture reached 45° Cel­sius.

“This was an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for some cus­tomers to take a closer look at the air­craft and its in­no­va­tive fea­tures. The in­ter­est around the KC-390 dur­ing the Farn­bor­ough Air­show was fan­tas­tic, with the air­craft be­ing vis­ited by more than 20 in­ter­na­tional del­e­ga­tions”, said Jack­son Sch­nei­der, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Em­braer De­fense and Se­cu­rity.

The air­craft re­turned to the flight test cam­paign, whose fo­cus from now on will be the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, which is ex­pected for the sec­ond half of 2017 with the first de­liv­ery sched­uled for 2018.

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