An-148-100E (MSN 42-10, tail number – 61723) manufactured by Voronezh Aircraft Production Association (VASO) performed its first test flight. The jet will be delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defense, press-service of VASO reports. It is the 23rd aircraft of the type manufactured by the enterprise.
According to the head of VASO flight test department, Mikhail Fomin, in the network of six test flights functionality of all the aircraft systems and engines on different flight levels will be checked, go-around tests will be carried out. The aircraft’s stability and sensitivity at different altitudes as well as overall aircraft performance will be evaluated. The functionality of radio equipment, flap system, landing gear and aircraft landing system will be checked. Upon completion of the flight test program a number of acceptance flights will be performed and customer’s representatives will evaluate the aircraft’s performance.
The state contract for delivery of 15 An-148 jets to Russian Ministry of Defense was signed by VASO on May 7th 2013. It is being implemented on schedule. In the network of this contract the flight testing of the first jet was started on September 12th 2013 and it was delivered to the customer on December 6th 2013. The handover ceremony was held in Borisoglebsk. Russian Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu, took part in the ceremony as well as the president of United Aircraft Corporation, Mikhail Pogosyan, management team of VASO and representatives of Russian air forces.
The factory testing of the second jet of the type was being carried out during the period from December 2013 to January 2014. The flight testing of the third An-148-100E was started in March 2014; the vehicle was delivered to the customer on July 2nd. The jet performed ferry flight from Voronezh to Chkalovski airfield (Moscow Region).
An-148 regional jets manufactured by VASO have been successfully operated by Rossiya – Russian Airlines, Rossiya special aircraft division, Angara Airlines, EMERCOM and Russian Ministry of Defense since 2009. An-148 fleet accumulated almost 85000 flight hours.