ATR’s latest 42-600S STOL took flight today in its partial configuration beginning a phase of ground and flight tests.
The aircraft will feature 30 to 50 seats and will be capable of taking off and landing on shorter runways.
The first flight of the partially configured STOL took off at Francazal airport which lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes. The crew performed several tests to measure the upgraded aircraft systems’ performance.
Following the first flight, new functionalities will be tested which include MFC-NG (Multifunctional Computer New Generation), Autobrake, Ground Spoiler, and increased take-off rating systems.
The aircraft will enter its final configuration at the end of the year with the addition of a new larger rudder and move on to the certification phase in 2023.
ATR has since received 20 commitments from airlines and lessors for the ATR 42-600S.