POWER ON for the Regional Flight Test Bed 2 Demonstrator!
The Regional Flight Test Bed 2 demonstrator aircraft has switched the “power on” and tested how well all the structural parts manufactured and the hydraulic and electrical systems have been installed within the airframe. This stage concludes the aircraft modification and checks that everything is working and switching on, as it should.
Passing through this “power on” phase means that the aircraft systems are in a good condition and ready to start ground and functional tests. It’s a significant achievement because the Regional Flight Test Bed 2 Demonstrator integrates a lot of novel technologies and the quality of the modification must preserve safety standards.
The first assessment of the technology evaluation showed very promising results for CO2, NOx and noise reduction. For example, the current reference multimission configuration represents 43% CO2 and 70% NOx reductions compared to a standard/typical Search and Rescue mission.
The main challenge in the programme has been to establish proper ways of working that allow for the integration of complex systems from partners all across Europe in an inflight demonstrator.
The next steps are the on-ground tests of the aircraft, which will be mainly focused on flight controls, hydraulics and electrical systems. Then the aircraft will pass to the painting shop and some maintenance tasks will be performed before the first flight.