Irkutsk - EASA pilots participate in tests of the Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut's MS-21-300. This is the first step towards certification by the European authority.

Two test pilots and a flight test engineer from the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) have completed their training and got approval from the Russian authorities to participate in the flight tests of the MC-21-300 for the certification campaign of Russia’s new narrowbody airliner.

During the training, the EASA team studied the MC-21-300 design and Flight Crew Operation Manual. The team members also familiarized themselves with the take-off, approach and landing procedures in simulator including the emergency situations before flying the plane together with test pilots and engineers of the Russian Flight Test Facility of the Yakovlev Design Bureau, a branch of the Irkut Corporation.

Participation of the EASA team in the test campaign of the new aircraft is a prior condition for the final validation by EASA.

There are currently three MC-21 prototypes involved in the certification campaign. Two of them are used for flight tests, and the third one is exposed to static tests at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI).

Both aircraft used in flight tests are powered by Pratt & Whitney's PW1400G engines. The Russian-made PD-14 engine, which will be offered as an option for customers, will involve in testing in the second quarter of next year.

The MC-21 family will be offered in three versions: The163-seat MC-21-300, the 132-seat MC-21-200, and the 212-seat MC-21-400.

The MC-21-300 has so far accumulated 175 firm orders, mainly from Russian airline operators and leasing companies.