The Fourth Embraer E190-E2 Joins the Flight Test Program

Posted on April 13, 2017 linda strong aviation

Embraer’s fourth E190-E2 aircraft joined the flight test program after completing a two-hour flight test in Miami, Florida. The aircraft will be used for specific interior tests such as cabin evacuation, environmental comfort and internal noise. Embraer aircraft has also completed about 21,000 hours of tests in ground-based rigs, including an “iron bird” which mimics the E2’s hydraulic, avionics and flight control systems. The airframer reported in a statement that the flight test fleet has accumulated more than 650 flight hours since its first flight in May 2016, just three months after its debut. The second prototype joined the fleet on July 8, followed by the third testbed a month later. The third prototype has been flown to Florida, where it will undergo tests at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory to evaluate how the aircraft sustain extreme cold conditions.

Luís Carlos Affonso, COO, Embraer aircraft Commercial Aviation explains, “Embraer aircraft has already frozen the aerodynamic configuration and concluded many tests such as flying qualities assessment, short field takeoff and landing, climb performance, in-flight thrust determination, landing gear stability and other systems tests. Shortly, we will do high speed flying qualities, flutter, natural ice and cold soak tests.”

Embraer aircraft has redesigned the wing of the EJet and installed the Pratt & Whitney PW1900G in the next generation of the airliner. The E2 family aircraft is a major enhancement to the original EJet series launched over a decade ago. The new family will contain the E175-E2, the smallest member of the family, the E190-E2 and the stretched E195-E2. The first E190-E2 will be delivered in the first half of 2018 to Norway’s Widerøe.

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