Friday, October 10, 2008

First China-made regional aircraft to make maiden flight next month

China's first homegrown regional jet, the ARJ21-700, has entered final stage of pre-flight preparation and is planned to make its maiden flight before the end of next month, according to Zhang Qingwei, chairman of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. .

The plane entered the test station on August and is carrying out comprehensive ground testing. Two test crew, one for pilot and the other for co-pilot, have also been on duty.

After relevant examination by the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China , the plane will conduct taxiing test, including braking, cornering, acceleration and deceleration, retractable landing gear and more. After that, the plane will make its maiden flight.

By People's Daily Online

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