The second prototype of China's homegrown narrow-body passenger aircraft C919 takes off from Pudong International Airport in Shanghai yesterday. The aircraft completed its maiden test flight in two hours. Yesterday's tests mainly focused on the power and fuel system of the jet, especially the engines, said Wang Wei, chief engineer of the flying test center of Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC), C919's developer. The first C919 plane, which made its maiden flight in May, is at the Yanliang Testing Base in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, where it is undergoing further tests. A total of six C919 jets will be assembled for tests before the single-aisle aircraft begins commercial operations around 2020, according to COMAC. (Xinhua)
The second prototype of China's domestically made narrow-body passenger aircraft C919 completed its maiden flight yesterday in Shanghai, marking a milestone in its efforts to enter the global aviation market.
The single-aisle aircraft took off at 10:34am from the fourth runway of the city's Pudong International Airport and returned at 12:34pm after a longer duration and higher altitude test flight than its predecessor, which was on May 5.
Yesterday, five crew members — the captain, co-pilot, observer and two test flying engineers — were on board the aircraft.
The two-hour flight tested the performance of C919's major systems and equipment, such as take-off and landing, navigation and communication, speed acceleration and deceleration, according to Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC), C919's developer.
The aircraft's wing flaps and landing gear were also tested.
"The design of the second C919 is more mature, so it could manage longer flying hours and faster speed," said Wu Xin, captain of the second C919.
"The second prototype is designed for longer hours to prevent disturbing the busy operations at the Pudong airport," Wu said. Wu, 41, was a co-pilot on the first C919's maiden flight in May.
Several major monitoring facilities had been installed in the cabin, which had no passenger seats or internal decorations, according to the live video footage by China Central Television.
Two engineers watched and recorded the flying data. They also checked the conditions of the cabin gates and windows during the flight, according to Dai Wei, one of the engineers on board.