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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

The second Chinese new feeder line aircraft was about to start its first flight after its successful sliding


On June 20th, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. the main part of the China large plane project and new feeder line aircraft, announced that the second ARJ21 new feeder line aircraft independently developed in China had successfully fulfilled its first taxing and is about to start its first test flight in the near future. Meanwhile, the first feeder line aircraft had finished its 13th test flight and would fly to Yanliang to undergo the flight experiments of the next stage. The year of 2009 can be titled as “Year of Test Flight” for China’s ARJ21 new feeder line aircraft project since 4 aircraft will undergo trial flights in this year. As planned in this year, No. 102, 103 and 104 Aircraft will have their first flight while No. 101, 102 and 103 Aircraft will be flown to Yanliang to undergofurther trials. No. 102 Aircraft, the second Chinese ARJ21-700 aircraft, started its first taxing at 5 pm and ended at 6 pm on June19th. Taxing on the ground is a very important part of preparation for an aircraft before its official test flight. The first new feeder line aircraft, No.101, had completed its first flight successfully last November and had fulfilled its 13th trial flight in a period of 1 hour and 38 minutes, on June 19th in this year. Before long, the aircraft would start its first long distance flight to a trail flight base in Yanliang, Xi’an, in order to undergo the next stage to obtain airworthiness certification.

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