ARJ21 undergoes crosswind test flights

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Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (Comac) has begun crosswind test flights for the ARJ21 regional jet programme.

Aircraft number 102 arrived at Jiayuguan airport in Gansu province on 23 April for this stage of its certification process, says Comac.

The ARJ21-700 aircraft will be subjected to tests on its engine inlet distortion, engine exhaust, auxiliary power unit exhausts and its ground directional stability during a crosswind landing.

Launch customer Chengdu Airlines was due to receive its first aircraft by the end of 2011, but the ongoing delays in the certification process means that this has been pushed back by up to a year.