Representatives of Russian Ministry of Defense completed the acceptance of An-148-100E aircraft manufactured by Voronezh Aircraft Production Association (VASO) on July 11th 2014. The same day the jet’s crew performed ferry flight from Pridacha airport to the aircraft’s home base, said in the VASO’s statement.
In the network of six test flights performed by the aircraft (MSN 42-08, tail number – RA-61721) the functionality of the following aircraft systems has been checked: navigation system, APU, engines on different flight levels, etc. The go-around tests have been carried out as well as one-engine landing; the functionality of life support systems (used in case of decompression and other emergencies) has also been evaluated. The acceptance test program comprised a number of ground tests and six more flights. This An-148 has been upgraded in accordance with the customer’s requirements.
The crews for the new jets are trained by specialists of Chkalov State Flight Test Center, who have highly appreciated the capabilities of this regional aircraft.
Besides the RA-61721 airliner, the Ministry of Defense operates An-148 jets with tail numbers RA-61718 and RA-61722. At present VASO is carrying out testing of the fourth An-148 manufactured under the state contract with Russian Ministry of Defense for delivery of 15 jets of the type.