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The Third Sukhoi Superjet 100 Joins the Flight Test Campaign
July 25, 2009, Komsomolsk – The Third Sukhoi Superjet 100 Joins the Flight Test Campaign Today, the third Sukhoi Superjet 100 flight prototype SN 95004 took to the air from Komsomolsk adding momentum to the flight test campaign. Prior to this, the flight test campaign included the first two flying prototype aircraft – SSJ100 # 95001 and # 95003.
This first Flight of SN 95004 began at 07:44 p.m. local time and lasted 1 hour and 21 minutes (landing local time – 09:05 p.m.). The purpose of the flight was to check all aircraft system operations and to confirm their ability to ensure the safety o f the aircraft. The first flight of SSJ100 SN 95004 was quite similar to the flights performed to check the ramp-up production aircraft prior to delivery.
As Sukhoi Superjet 100 SN 95004 will undergo testing of the passenger cabin and avionics, it will be the first aircraft to be completely fitted with passenger equipment and the certification-ready avionics suite, which includes all options designed to meet the airlines’ requirements.
Sukhoi Superjet 100 #95004 will demonstrate the full capabilities of the “dark-and-quiet” cockpit, which is powered by the avionics suite and designed to make the flight comfortable for the pilots and, therefore, safer for the passengers. Later, the aircraft will undergo a series of tests in Italy that will include checks on the community noise level, Instrumented Landing System, Precision Navigation (P-RNAV) and High Intensity Radiated Field (HIRF) tests.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company test-pilots Nikolay Pushenko, who captained the flight, and Sergey Korostiev were the crew for SN95004’s initial test flight. Pushenko and Korostiev also flew SSJ100 SN 95003 from Komsomolsk to Moscow via Novosibirsk this spring. “It is a pleasure to be the first to touch the controls of another SSJ100 and we are very pleased that, in accordance with the schedule of the flight test campaign, every “first flight” becomes more and more saturated as the operational functionality of the aircraft broadens”, – said Nikolay Pushenko, after leaving the plane.
Upon completion of a few factory test flights and painting, the aircraft will follow the same route through Novosibirsk to SCAC’s flight test center in the Moscow region and join the other two prototypes for their certification flights.
“Putting another Sukhoi Superjet 100 in the sky is an important milestone for us, as it demonstrates the capacity of this comfort oriented design, which has taken into consideration the noise and emissions of the aircraft, safety of the passenger cabin, and also the comfort of its pilots, crew, and passengers. It will supplement the daily flight display of SSJ100 # 95003 at MAKS airshow this August in the Moscow Region, showcasing the passenger cabin comfort at the static display”, – noted Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, SCAC’s President upon completion of the flight.
Today, this aircraft joins the other two prototypes which together have accumulated more than 700 flight hours in over 270 flights. The tests performed thus far in the Moscow region have included flutter, natural icing, a significant part of high angles of attack, as well as other tests. The initial two prototypes began flight performance tests after SSJ100 SN 95003 returned from its
international debut at the Paris Airshow, and included take off and landing tests, and also included tests of the stability and controllability of the aircraft. While flight performance covers a vast number of flights, a number of specific take off and landing missions – such as minimal unstuck speed, minimal control and control ground speed, as well as partial climb rate tests –
had already been performed before the show. SSJ100 SN 95003 is currently undergoing engine performance trials. Both aircraft SSJ100 SN 95001 and SN 95003 have now performed the low speed section of stability and controllability tests.
Nikolay Pushenko, Test-pilot, Crew Captain
Nikolay has participated in Sukhoi Superjet 100 programme since 2003. In 2008, he joined
the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company as a test-pilot. Prior to joining the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company, Pushenko had been a test-pilot for State Institute for Civil Aviation for nine years, and participated in the testing and mastering of various types of
Tupolev and Antonov aircraft. From 1983 till 1998 Pushenko was a test-pilot at Chkalov Research Institute.
Before entering civil aircraft segment, Nikolay Pushenko was a member of test-cosmonaut team at Cosmonaut Training Center training for the Buran Programme. After graduating cum laude in 1983 from the Akhtuba Test-Pilot School, Pushenko was selected for the Buran team in 1987. A 1974 graduate of Barnaul Higher Flight School, Pushenko has experience not only with commercial aircraft, but also Tu-160, Su-24, MiG-25. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is the 34th aircraft that he mastered. Nikolay Pushenko has accumulated a total of 6800 flight hours including around 4800 on test missions. Nikolay Pushenko was born in 1952 in Altay Region, Russia.
Sergey Korostiev, Test-pilot
In 2007, Sergey Korostiev became the youngest SCAC test-pilot to join the SSJ100 project after being Gromov LII test pilot. A graduate of the Higher Military Engineering Academy, Korostiev served as a pilot for ten years with the Russian Air Force.
Korostiev graduated from Test-Pilot School in 1999 and has mastered over 40 aircraft throughout his career, including fighter jets, commercial airplanes and helicopters. In addition to his test-flight activity Sergey Korostiev worked as a commercial pilot on Il-76, An-12, as well as aircraft from the Hawker aircraft family.
In 2006, together with Anatoly Kvochur, Korostiev accomplished a 15-hour nonstop flight along the Chkalov route to the Far East of Russia and back.
A holder of an Order of Courage, Sergey Korostiev has accumulated 3500 flight hours, of which more than 1200 hours have been in test-flights.
About Sukhoi Civil Aircraft:
The Company’s shareholders are the Sukhoi Holding owing 75% – 1 share and the Italian Alenia Aeronautica holding 25% + 1 share since April 7, 2009. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft was founded in 2000 to develop new regional aircraft projects. Headquartered in Moscow, the Company enjoys several production branches seated in the cities of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Novosibirsk and Voronezh. Today the company employs over 2,000 people.
Sukhoi Superjet 100 – a new family of regional jets – is the Company’s major project. The aircraft was rolled out on September 26, 2007 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. On May 19, 2008, the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 performed its maiden flight there. On October 24, 2008, after successful completion of factory flight tests, the aircraft emerged into certification flight campaign. The second flying prototype took to the skies on December 24, 2008. Currently, the solid order portfolio for the new regional jet reaches 122 aircraft.
Photo courtesy of Sukhoi.