The AN−178 new transport actively started to perform a program of certification tests. On May 7, 2015, it performed its maiden flight, on May 13 the aircraft spent 5 hours 20 minutes in the air, and on May 14 – 4 hours 20 minutes.
At present the ANTONOV test group is evaluating the aircraft aerodynamic characteristics, operation and functioning of the control system, power plant, auxiliary power unit, navigation and on−board equipment.
As test pilots note, the new aircraft feels itself comfortable in the air. Its control method is very close to piloting of the AN−148 and AN−158 aircraft that makes performance of the flight task essentially easier.
Source / Author: Antonov