Il-114-300 completed its first flight
Published by 16.12.2020, 15:57 | 214
Following the MS-21-310 with the Russian PD-14 engines, which rose into the sky the day before in Irkutsk, on December 16, 2020 at the airfield of the Flight Research Institute. Gromov, a new regional passenger turboprop aircraft Il-114-300, tail number 54114, made its first flight in Zhukovsky.
The aircraft was piloted by a crew consisting of Chief Pilot of PJSC "Il", 1st class test pilot, Hero of Russia Nikolai Kuimov and 1st class test pilot Dmitry Komarov, 1st class onboard test engineer Oleg Gryazev. The flight task involved checking the operating modes of the power plant, the stability and controllability of the aircraft, as well as the functioning of its systems.
“The end of the year is rich in aviation premieres. As you know, yesterday the MC-21-310 medium-range liner with PD-14 engines took off for the first time. Today the Il-114-300 turboprop took off for the first time - another aircraft in the passenger line, which our aircraft manufacturers will offer to carriers in the near future. The new aircraft is especially relevant for our country: it is not picky about the level of airfield equipment, it is adapted to operate in the harsh conditions of the North, Siberia, the Far East, and due to the optimal cabin capacity it can become the basic vehicle for the development of regional transportation. In 2022, UAC plans to complete the certification of the Il-114-300, and from 2023 - to begin serial deliveries, ”said Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec State Corporation.
“In total, the program plans to manufacture and sell up to 100 aircraft of the Il-114-300 type for the period up to 2030 for delivery to civil aviation, government customers, and for export. With the receipt of the type certificate in 2022, the first production aircraft will be prepared for delivery, ”commented the head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov.
Earlier, at the end of November, photographs appeared on the Web where the Il-114-300 was taxiing and jogging along the runway with a separation of both the nose landing gear and with an approach of several centimeters above the runway.
“The first flight of the Il-114-300 is the result of the colossal work of tens of thousands of people - scientists, engineers, specialists - working in the design bureau and at the plants of the United Aircraft Corporation, at the enterprises of our suppliers and partners. The emergence of a new regional turboprop aircraft opens up new prospects for the Russian civil aircraft industry, ”said Yuri Slyusar, General Director of the United Aircraft Building Corporation.
The IL-114-300 propulsion system is represented by two TV7-117ST-01 engines with a takeoff power of up to 3100 hp. each. The power plant together with the engines includes a new high-thrust AV-112-114 propeller and a new automatic control system using a combined modernized engine control unit and a BARK-65SM propeller. This joint control allows you to maximize the potential of the characteristics of the engine and propeller, and generally increase the efficiency of the power plant.
Il-114-300 is the most anticipated passenger aircraft in Russia. Especially small regional airlines that operate the An-24/26 aircraft count on him. This hard worker, who took to the skies in 1959 (!!!), has no replacement yet - due to the lack of a domestic aircraft of this class, airlines have to buy turbojet airliners of Canadian and French production.
With the start of flight tests of the Il-114-300, the prospects for its commercial operation are getting closer. The media have more than once reported that Polar Airlines are waiting for him in Yakutia, KrasAvia in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, and in Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, and Cherepovets, they will not give up on it, wherever an economical and unpretentious plane is needed ... There are also plans in the Russian Ministry of Defense to replace the Il-38 Novella anti-submarine aircraft with an Il-114-300 in the appropriate configuration.
The difficult and difficult year 2020 ends. We can only congratulate our aircraft and engine builders on the two most significant events of the outgoing year and thank them for their hard work and great news!