The world’s largest amphibious aircraft AG600 AVIC developed by Chinese engineers, passed the ground testing. About it writes the local edition of Sina, citing Chinese aviation Corporation (AVIC).
The tests were in the city district of Zhuhai on the southern coast of China on Saturday, 29 April. The pilots checked the control plane’s ability to maneuver in the air and landing, communications with dispatchers and other functions to be performed by the aircraft.
In the company-the developer said that the successful completion of ground tests evidence base the readiness of the aircraft to implement the first flight.
It is planned that the first flight over land AG600 will be held in may, and the fall of the amphibious aircraft will experience over the water.
Chinese amphibious aircraft AG600 designed for the needs of civil aviation. In particular, it will be used to fight forest fires and for rescue operations. The main advantage of the seaplane is that for take-off and landing do not need specially equipped runway, it has to be, for example, the water surface required area.
The Guardian points out that the AG600 size comparable to the Boeing 737. The wingspan of the aircraft is 39 m, the length of 36.8 m. Its maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 tons, on Board it can accommodate up to 50 passengers. It is capable of speeds up to 500 km/h, flight range when it reaches 4.5 thousand km, and the maximum length of stay in the air for 12 hours.
AG600 is the largest of the existing seaplanes. The largest history is developed by the American company under the leadership of Howard Hughes transportation wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules, better known as the “Spruce goose”. The scope of its wings is 98 m, weight — 136, etc