The pace of the Aviation Technology Group (ATG) Javelin flight test programme is expected to speed up following the completion of the first flight during which the undercarriage was retracted. The milestone, which took place on a test flight from ATG’s Centennial airport in Colorado on 28 February, was achieved following a lay-up to install an emergency landing gear extension system and other improvements.

ATG says the Javelin prototype, which first flew on 30 September 2005, cycled its gear “as the aircraft manoeuvred between 135kt [250km/h] and 180kt. With flaps at 10°, the Javelin test pilot performed 30° bank turns while continuing to assess handling qualities which included longitudinal and lateral stability roll, performance and trim effectiveness.”

The first conforming aircraft is due to join the test programme at the end of 2006.


Source: Flight International