SSJ100 completes icing trials successfully
The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Flight Test Centre has welcomed back Sukhoi Superjet 100 S/N 95001 from Arkhangelsk after the aircraft successfully completed natural icing tests in northern Russia.
The aircraft departed to Arkhangelsk on 11 April 2009, since when it performed five flights. The location was chosen to host the tests due to the highly favourable icing conditions there. The flights were performed between Murmansk and Arkhangelsk, on the shore of the White Sea.
Over five test days five flights were performed, all five matching certification campaign requirements. “The aircraft and its systems, including anti-icing system, demonstrated excellent performance in normal and critical modes,” reported Igor Vinogradov, First VP on programme coordination, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft. “None of the systems showed any failures caused by icing. All five flights were credited as certification and they confirmed the results obtained during rig tests. On top of this, the SCAC design team and IAC AR experts [were able to confirm] the ice shape predicted prior in artificial icing tests.”