ARJ21 completes static testing

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The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) ARJ21 regional jet has completed static testing, a move hailed as a major milestone by the airframer which aims to deliver the aircraft to its launch operator by year-end.

Aircraft 101, one of four aircraft in the ARJ21 test fleet, completed three and a half years of static testing on 12 April, says Comac.

The completion of static testing is an important step in ensuring that the ARJ21 gets certified by Chinese authorities before its first delivery to launch operator Chengdu Airlines by year-end, adds the airframer.

"Completion of the static testing is extremely significant. It is the first time that such testing is completed under the requirements of CCAR25 certification in China," says Comac's deputy general manager Luo Ronghuai.

Comac adds that the static testing was completed under the watch of the US FAA, which is conducting a shadow certification programme. This involves the FAA assessing the Civil Aviation Administration of China's ability to technically assess the ARJ21.

Comac has said it intends to apply for FAR 25 certification after the ARJ21 passes this shadow certification, so the aircraft can be marketed overseas.