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The European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) on 3 February issued an A-176
type certificate for the Sukhoi Superjet 100
(SSJ100) regional jetliner. The certificate
constitutes official recognition that the
SSJ100 complies with EASA airworthiness
and environmental requirements.
The certification allows European airlines,
as well as those operating in countries
that use EASA regulations as a reference
standard, to operate the 75- to 95-seat
"This result represents a key milestone
in support of the brand credibility of the
Sukhoi Superjet 100, which is the first
ever Russian passenger 'Large Airplane'
to achieve the EASA CS-25 Certification,"
Superjet International says.
The EASA certification follows a year
after approval from the Russian Interstate
Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IAC
AR), and comes at the end of a lengthy
certification campaign carried out by
EASA, IAC AR and the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft
Company (SCAC) in association with
Alenia Aermacchi and key aircraft systems
According to Superjet, the European
validation process went through the
four different phases, in parallel with the
Russia process: familiarization, agreement
of certification programmes compliance
determination and the final project report.
EASA first familiarised itself with the
aircraft, then closely examined its technical
characteristics and proved its performance
and safety characteristics.
"Thanks to the experience and dedication
of the fully-integrated multicultural SSJ100
Team, the EASA Certificate has been granted
only one year after the achievement of the
IAC AR Type Certificate," Superjet says.
The European validation program
included many sessions with EASA pilots
'flying' the SCAC integrated simulator and
electronics test for the SSJ100, as well as 45
certification flights with a total duration of
about 70 flight hours. Ground tests covered,
among other things: the ultimate pressure
load of the fuselage; bird-strike testing; a
burst-tyre strike on the lower hatch cover of
the wing fuel tank; and fire-resistance of the
Ten working groups analyzed 84
Certification Review Items and 60
Certification Action Items, while more than
500 actions and questions were dealt with.
"The job we have done together is really
great. We sincerely thank our colleagues
from the EASA and IAC AR for their big
support," says Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk,
president of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft. "The
European certification is a key milestone in
getting worldwide recognition of our aircraft
which will open up new perspectives for
the Sukhoi Superjet 100 in the international
The EASA Type Certificate was scheduled
to be handed over officially to SCAC on 24
February, at the headquarters of the IAC AR
Six SSJ100s are in service to date with
Russia's Aeroflot and Armenia's Armavia.
The total order book as of October 2011
stood at 235 aircraft plus 94 options.
-- Andrzej Jeziorski
NEWS IN BRIEF
AS PART of its efforts to improve safety in
the Indian airline industry, the country's civil
aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil
Aviation (DGCA) has ordered the suspension of
Jet Airways flight safety chief Vishesh Oberoi.
The move follows the revelation that on 14
October, a Jet Airways flight from Chennai
to Mumbai was landed by a trainee pilot on
the instructions from Captain Sheikh Ahmed.
The captain had ordered his first officer to
leave his seat to allow the trainee to take
over. The aircraft was carrying more than 200
passengers. Jet Airways' initial response to the
incident was to suspend the captain of the
flight for three months, after which he resumed
flying. The airline also failed to report the
incident to the DGCA.
INDIA'S Directorate General of Civil Aviation
(DGCA) has ordered the country's airlines to
set duty-time restrictions for maintenance
personnel along similar lines to those applied
to pilots and cabin crews. The move comes
in response to reports of excessive work
pressure on maintenance personnel, which
could compromise safety. While suggesting
a maximum of eight hours on duty at a time,
with breaks, the DGCA says no scheduled shift
should be longer than 12 hours. The regulator
also says that, whenever work is carried out on
multiple aircraft or engines in a single shift, due
consideration should be given to the complexity
or criticality of the tasks completed. The DGCA
says the problem of fatigue must be addressed
properly to maintain safety standards.
MUMBAI-BASED low-cost carrier GoAir, which
currently operates 160 daily flights to 21
domestic destinations in India, has announced
a deal with Pratt & Whitney to acquire
PurePower geared turbofan engines for the
airline's 72 A320neo aircraft, ordered last June.
"It is a multi-billion dollar contract, not only for
the engines but also for maintenance, and will
be spread over the next few years until 2020,"
says GoAir Chief Executive Officer Giorgio di
Roni. The agreement with Pratt & Whitney
covers 144 PW1100G-JM engines. According
to Jeh Wadia, managing director of GoAir, the
engine is expected to yield a saving of about 15
percent on fuel costs with the new aircraft.
Superjet 100 gains EASA certification
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