The first PW1900G engine will initially conduct ground performance and operability testing before being installed onto the Pratt & Whitney 747-SP flying test bed
located in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada for further testing.
Based on the results of these investigations, a true scale measurement system configuration will be proposed that should meet Flight Worthiness specifications of the future flying test bed
The PW1217G engine designed for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft flew on a specially designed stub wing aboard Pratt & Whitney's Boeing 747SP flying test bed
at the company's Mirabel Aerospace Centre, in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.
The engine has already successfully completed a 60-hour flight test programme on a converted A340-300 flying test bed
, as well as a series of safety and reliability tests including multiple bird strikes and fan blade containment.
In 2011, the engine will make its maiden flight on a flying test bed
, followed by airworthiness certification and first flight on the A350 XWB in 2012.
This includes over 350 flight hours on P&WC's advanced Boeing 747SP flying test bed
The program is still waiting for the TP400's flying test bed
- a Lockheed Martin C-130 modified by Marshall Airspace - to get airborne.
The Trent 1000 took to the air for the first time last month on the Rolls-Royce flying test bed
, a converted Boeing 747.
One Dornier was also provided to Bangalore based Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) last year to be utilized as flying test bed
(FTB) for evaluation of performance of various radars being developed by them.
SIE performs design, certification, and installation projects related to major aircraft modifications including Interior Reconfigurations, Freighter Conversions, Engine Flying Test Bed
Aircraft, Satcom Antenna (Ku-Band/Ka-Band) & Security Systems, Camera and Sensor Installations, Special Mission Aircraft and a wide range of installation design for VIP, commercial, Government and Military aircraft.
A flying test bed
programme will begin the following year, followed by
The 737 aircraft, also known as the "CAT-Bird," is a flying test bed
that replicates the F-35 avionics suite.