LAX From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3 Posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4001 times:
I realize that the prototype of any new aircraft, i.e. the brand-new Airbus A340-600, must undergo many weeks of exhaustive flight testing, to check out every possible flight condition and characteristic. But after the prototype is certified by the FAA, how much flight testing is required of all subsequent planes of the same type?
BTW.....Did the 340-600 make its maiden flight today (Apr. 23)?
DerekF From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 920 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2410 times:
I can only speak for the aircraft I'm involved with (the 146/RJ/RJX) but each production aircraft undergoes 2 or 3 flights where all the aircraft systems, basic handling and performance are checked. The aircraft is then offered to the customer who flies the aircraft and decides whether they are going to accept it or not. If they are happy they pay the money and take it away and may go straight into service later that day.