Embraer carried out last Friday afternoon, at the Sao Jose dos Campos facility, the first flight of the E190-E2 fourth model, which was completed in two hours. This particular aircraft will be used for specific inner surface tests such as cabin evacuation, environment comfort and internal noise.
The aircraft, serial amount 20. 004, will join the particular flight-test fleet, comprised of the first 3 E190-E2 prototypes, which combined, have got accumulated more than 650 flight hrs to date. The first E190-E2 jet can be on schedule to be delivered within the first half of 2018 and the start operator will be Widerø e, the biggest Norwegian regional airline.
“ In terms of the certification campaign, Embraer has already frozen the aerodynamic settings and concluded many tests for example flying qualities assessment, short industry takeoff and landing, climb functionality, in-flight thrust determination, landing equipment stability and other systems tests. Soon we will do high speed flying characteristics, flutter, natural ice and chilly soak tests, ” explains Luis Carlos Affonso, COO, Embraer Industrial Aviation.
In addition to the air travel test campaign, Embraer is executing more than 30, 000 hours associated with ground tests as well as integration evaluation. With the goal of delivering an even more mature airplane upon entry in to service, the Company uses an Metal Bird, where all aircraft techniques are available in full scale, including the cockpit. This tool enables Embraer to imitate flights of each E2 model and also to optimize systems performance and improve flight qualities.