Thu, Dec 18, 2008
Will Sport Updated Avionics, Increased Payload
planemaker ATR announced this week the start of ground testing for
its prototype '-600 series' aircraft, with tests of the upgrade
turboprop airliner's electrical systems and its New Generation
Avionics Suite, while integrating the first software package
provided by Thales.
The achievement is in line with the original development plan
scheduled for the -600 series ATRs, according to Luigi Lombardi,
ATR SVP Operations.
"We are proud of starting the ground test of the aircraft, which
represent the result of a very strong work done in the last months,
in partnership with Thales," said Lombardi. "We congratulate our
teams, which are working around the clock. Thanks to such efforts,
we are complying with the development calendar of the '-600 series'
The new ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 aircraft will feature a
totally renewed avionics suite, new PW 127M engines and additional
661 lbs. on MTOW (Maximum Take-off weight and MZFW (Maximum Zero
Fuel Weight). ATR says its newest aircraft will also feature the
lowest fuel consumption per passenger and CO2 emissions.
The ATR '600 series' pre-series aircraft, configured as an ATR
72, will do its maiden flight in summer 2009. The entry into
service of this very last member of the ATR aircraft family is
scheduled for the beginning of 2011.
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