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Embraer KC-390 Completes First Flight

By Woodrow Bellamy III  | February 3, 2015
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[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] Embraer has completed the first test flight of its next generation aerial refueling tanker, the KC-390. During the 85-minute flight, test pilots and flight test engineers evaluated flying qualities and performance. 
KC 390 prepares for takeoff on its first test flight. Photo: Embraer.
“The KC-390 behaved in a docile and predictable manner,” said Mozart Louzada, a test pilot for Embraer. “The advanced fly-by-wire flight control system and the latest-generation avionics make flying easy and render a smooth and precise flight.”

Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force signed an agreement in 2014 to produce and deliver 28 KC-390 aircraft. Purchase intentions have also been confirmed from other countries for a total of 32 additional aircraft.  

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