On Dec. 21, the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company said that the Superjet 100 medium-haul passenger aircraft has completed two tests vital for its final international certification.
The emergency evacuation and interrupted takeoff tests were carried out at an airfield in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, under the supervision of the Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (AR IAC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The first test required 98 volunteers of different age groups and five crew members to evacuate the plane in 90 seconds during an emergency landing. They made it in 73 seconds.
The interrupted takeoff test probed the wheels, tires and brakes at maximum possible braking speed. In full compliance with the certification requirements the test was performed without a thrust reverser.
The Superjet 100 aircraft loaded to its maximum takeoff weight (45,880 kg) performed emergency braking at a speed of over 300km/h and came to a stop after running 700 meters, within the required parameters.
According to the company, the results of the tests showed full compliance of the plane with the EASA and AR IAC certification requirements.
The Superjet 100 project is a family of medium-range passenger aircraft developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau in cooperation with major U.S. and European aviation corporations, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace, and Honeywell.
The aircraft is capable of carrying 75-95 passengers a distance of up to 4,500 kilometers.
Sukhoi has received at least 122 firm orders for Superjet 100 airliners so far.