Posted on: 18 August 2010 by Ross McSweeny
The extended type certification of the Do 228 New Generation has been granted to RUAG by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) two and a half years after project go-ahead.
The successful first flight of the first new series production aircraft with the S/N 8300, which was completed in Oberpfaffenhofen after 14-month construction time, was conducted on 30 July, spending more than two and a half hours in the air. During this flight the entire scheduled inflight test programme was performed. The two pilots Franz Huber and Gerd Selleske confirmed after the flight the excellent flight characteristics and the enhanced flight performance of the New Generation.
The new features of the Do 228NG include an up-to-date glass cockpit based on the Universal Avionics System EFI890, higher powered TPE 331-10 engines, a new five-blade composite propeller made by MT-Propeller, and another 300 enhancements on various aircraft systems.
The delivery to the Japanese launch customer will follow in the near future.