AVIC Civil Aircraft completed a key avionics test on MA700 turboprop in Cedar Rapids in the US, linking the avionics successfully with the power system.
The complex test took one week to complete, with support from a few suppliers. The test campaign involved a range of systems including engine control system, engine indication, crew alerting, and onboard maintenance.
The update come about a week after the first MA700 forward fuselage, the third major aircraft section produced, a step further to static testing.
The first piece of MA700 is due to roll out the new turboprop by year’s end, with more updates in coming months.
To date, MA700 has 285 orders from 11 operators, for the MA700. The aircraft, to be powered by Pratt and Whitney turboprops, has a range of up to 2,700km, and is suitable for routes about 800km.