Aircraft Industries completes first H80-powered L410 test flight

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Czech Republic-based Aircraft Industries has carried out the first flight test of a Let 410 powered by the General Electric H80, the successor model for the M601 engine.

The 40min flight of the L410-UVP-E20 took place in Kunovice in the Czech Republic on 16 November.

"The H80 engine performed extremely well in the first flight on the L410," said Miroslav Kozisek, product support director at Aircraft Industries.

"The flight test crew put the aircraft and engines through many manoeuvres, and the results are very promising as we begin our flight tests. We look forward to certifying the aircraft/engine combination and offering our customers the new H80 engines as a powerplant on the L410."

The certification programme for the H80-powered L410 is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2012.

"While the current L410 has been popular in Russia, South America and Africa, the H80 engine's significant hot-day take-off performance and high-altitude cruise speeds will allow the re-engined L410 to operate in additional regions around the world, which is exciting news for existing L410 operators as well as new potential customers," said Paul Theofan, president and managing executive of GE Aviation's Business and General Aviation Turboprops.