In the Czech Republic, the prototype L 410 NG turboprop commuter made its successful maiden flight on 29 July. The aircraft took off from Kunovice for tests involving basic flight characteristics, control system functions, engine and fuel system functions. The aircraft saw its roll out just two weeks earlier.
The L 410 NG aircraft is a substantially upgraded model of the current series produced L 410 UVP-E20. The new type is powered by more powerful GE H85 engines and provides the pilots with a glass cockpit.
Thanks to the new wing structure, with integral fuel tank and increased fuel capacity, the L 410 NG enables significantly longer maximum range (2500 km) and endurance (10 hours). The all-metal, high-wing twin turboprop can transport 19 passengers and thanks to its increased maximum payload and larger front luggage compartment, the aircraft can carry up to 400 kg more cargo.
The start of L 410 NG serial production is planned in 2017. Czech company Aircraft Industries hopes to produce up to thirty L 410 NG aircraft per year.
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Featured image (top): The L 410 NG seen after its very first take off. (Image © Aircraft Industries)