Posted on: 04 November 2010 by Mark Howells
The first Sukhoi Superjet 100 production aircraft – SN 95007, intended for Armavia – has made its inaugural flight from the assembly site at Komsomolsk-on-Amur piloted by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft test pilots Alexander Ivanov and Alexander Kochetkov.
During the three hour flight, the crew checked the overall engines, systems and equipment performance. “The premier flight of the first serial aircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100 is an important milestone in the programme,” declared SCAC’s president Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk. “We are now really starting the ramp-up of production. There are 17 serial aircraft in production, five of which are in the final assembly shop.”
After a series of factory checks, SN 95007 will fly to Moscow for operational route proving tests. Ground handling at the airports will be performed in full compliance with the operational documentation. Route proving tests are aimed at confirmation of reliability of onboard systems in the operational environment and the feasibility of aircraft handling with standard airport on-ground devices.