The Embraer KC390 draws African attention Report from Fabio Gigante
THE FIRST prototype of the Brazilian‐built Embraer KC‐390, multi‐mission aircraft – one of two prototypes – recently concluded a 23‐day demonstration tour covering more than 16 300 nm in ferry flights, and visiting Cairo (Egypt), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Malta Sal (Cape Verde), Alverca (Portugal) and Odolena Voda ( Czech Republic).
The aircraft demonstrated its level of maturity, with an availability that reached 100% over the 16 scheduled flights, carried out in some places where the temperature reached 45 °C. To date, the two KC‐390 prototypes have accumulated more than 500 flight hours.
"For future customers “ said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense and Security, “this was a great opportunity to get a closer look at the aircraft and its innovative features.
“The positive reaction from potential customers is a great pride for the company and its employees because the aircraft has actually proven its versatility, adapting to the particular characteristics of each operation. We are very optimistic about the success of the KC‐390 in the coming years. "
The aircraft has now returned to its flight test campaign, which has as its main focus the certification, scheduled for the second half of 2017, with first delivery scheduled for 2018.
In an industry seemingly synonymous with delays, cost overruns and snags unexpectedly encountered during extended test programmes, the KC‐390 military transport aircraft twinjet seems to be an exception.
According to the Vice President of Embraer, Gastão Paulo Silva, the programmed flight tests that began in October 2015 had regularly validated modeling design, and the two prototype aircraft were performing as expected.
“There have been ‘bumps in the road’, but those were due to external factors, and were accommodated. We had a bit of re‐designing the programme last year due to budgetary constraints in Brazil., but we have kept the schedule and the programme completely on track.
The first production aircraft will be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force in the first half of 2018............................ For the FULL ARTICLE please subscribe to our digital edition.