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TsAGI continues light convertible aircraft development work

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TsAGI continues light convertible aircraft development work
 
Russia’s Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) has tested the model of a light convertible aircraft with the running propellers, the institute’s press office said on December 6. The test was carried out in a low-speed wind tunnel under a state contract signed with the Industry and Trade Ministry, the press office added.
     
TsAGI continues light convertible aircraft development work 640 001TsAGI is progressing toward light convertible aircraft development
(Credit: TsAGI)
     
"During this stage, experts of the institute studied the aerodynamic characteristics of the model with the running power plant and determined the effectiveness of the flaps and controls, including in case of the failure of one of the engines," the press office said.

"During the experiment, the model was tested with simulators of ice on the wing and tail, which can appear in holding mode," the press office added.

The data obtained during the test will be added to the database with the aerodynamic characteristics of the plane and be used in calculating its performance characteristics, improving its aerodynamic configuration, developing its control system and mathematical model and preliminarily assessing the effect of icing on flight safety.

Earlier, TsAGI tested the model to obtain its takeoff/landing and cruising characteristics. Then, the single body and a propeller were tested during takeoff with crosswind. The tests confirmed the high aerodynamic characteristics of the perspective aircraft.

Then, the experts will test the model with the running propellers near a screen simulating a runway.

The light convertible aircraft will be used to carry passengers or cargo without changing its design. It will carry 50 passengers or 6 tons of cargo to distances of 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) and 1,000 kilometers (621 miles), respectively. It will have a cruising speed of 480 km/h (298 mph).
     
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