Aviation Technology Group, Inc. has announced another milestone for the Javelin demonstrator prototype, currently in final assembly. The aircraft was lowered down off the assembly jacks onto its own landing gear on April 14.
“We now look forward to the next steps and progress towards first flight,” said George Bye, CEO of ATG.
In addition to the Javelin standing on its own, the side panels on the main structure have been installed permanently. Functional testing has been done on the fuel system and preliminary air and fluid checks are finished. The hinges on the canopy system have been installed and the latch mechanism is in process of completion. The aileron and flap control system are finalized and operational. The rudder and pitch systems are complete to the aft body. Preliminary testing of the electrical system, avionics and flight test instrumentation has been completed to support the upcoming systems functional testing. At the time of the announcement, major structural testing was scheduled to be done the week of April 18. The following week, engines were to be permanently installed and final electrical, avionics and flight test instrumentation functional testing completed. The taxi tests of the Javelin prototype were scheduled to happen within the next few weeks.
The Javelin demonstrator prototype will be used to evaluate aircraft performance, handling qualities and selected system installations. The results of this testing will be assessed and changes made as necessary for incorporation into the FAA-certified production Javelin.
Incorporated in 2000, ATG is dedicated to the design, development and production of the Javelin Executive Jet as well as numerous derivatives, including the Javelin Advanced Jet Trainer. Initial customer deliveries of the FAA-certified Javelin are slated for late 2007.
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