Posted on: 30 August 2016 by Mark Howells
The third of four E190-E2 prototype aircraft, serial number 20.003, completed its maiden flight on 27 August 2016 from Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos.
The third E-Jet to join the E190-E2 certification programme will be used primarily to test flying qualities and evaluate how the aircraft handles in icy conditions.
The first E190-E2 prototype, serial number 20.001, is currently conducting tests on systems, loads, aero-elasticity, external noise and handling in crosswinds. It first flew on 23 May 2016 before making its international debut at the Farnborough Air Show in July.
The second prototype, serial number 20.002, made its inaugural flight on 8 July 2016. It is used to test systems and general aircraft performance.
Together, the first and second prototypes have accumulated more than 150 flight hours.
The fourth prototype, serial number 20.004, is scheduled to take flight by early next year. It will feature a production-series, full-cabin interior and will measure comfort and internal noise levels, and be used to conduct specific tests such as cabin evacuation.
In addition to the flight test campaign, the E190-E2 certification programme has accumulated almost 21,000 hours of tests on rigs and the iron bird, and many hours of simulation on the virtual aircraft. The E190-E2 is scheduled to enter service in the first half of 2018.