Sat, Jun 04, 2005
Jet Handed Over to Flight Operations
If you've dreamed of
flying a sleek jet, get ready! The Javelin is getting closer to
first flight. Aviation Technology Group, Inc. announced the
aircraft has successfully completed engine tests and initial taxi
tests at the company's headquarters in Englewood, CO.
The Javelin rolled out on May 5th, and was handed over to flight
test operations. ATG began engine and taxi testing over the past
few weeks. Engineers tested the Javelin's Williams International
FJ33-4-15M engines for the first time in the Javelin using external
power, followed by tests using the prototype's aircraft
Both engines were run from idle to full power during the test
series. The engine tests were followed by the initial taxi tests,
which will continue over the next few weeks.
"The initial taxi tests demonstrated tight turn capability,
accelerations and stops, and showed no drifting, no PIO tendency
and good braking. Offset and recapture tests were successful as
well. I taxied with speeds up to 27 knots and hit each test point
with no anomalies," said Rob Fuschino, Javelin test pilot and ATG
Vice President of Operations. "I would characterize the first
Javelin prototype taxi test as outstanding."
"This is a very exciting time for ATG," said CEO George
Bye. "The aircraft has successfully taxied and run its
engines and systems. It will not be long before we see this
remarkable, high performance jet take flight."
It's an exciting time for many aviators as well. Pilots looking
for high performance have typically flown old warbirds. The Javelin
is designed to be fully aerobatic, modern and safe. Advanced
aerodynamics, modern avionics and efficient engines will make this
a plane to watch.
With first customer deliveries scheduled for late 2007, you've
still got a little time to save up the $2.8 million required to
call one your own.
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