The Ukrainian producer of the world’s largest aircraft has showcased cargo load capabilities of its new An-178 aircraft to commercial operators and military interested.
According to Antonov company, within ground test program of An-178 was conducted drills on loading – unloading aviation cargo containers and pallets.
To carry out testing the roller equipment was mounted inside the cargo cabin of the aircraft. The roller equipment includes: two branches of latch beams with girder latches and four branches of roller tracks with end latches; the latches provide fixing of the aviation cargo containers and pallets of the following.
During ground tests the declared capabilities of the aircraft on loading−unloading, placing and fixing of the aviation cargo containers and pallets in the cargo cabin of the aircraft were confirmed.
The tests were performed using:
• container “UAC-5″ size 96″x96″ h118 ”
• pallet “PA-5,6″ size 96″x118″
• pallets «HCU-6 / E» size 88″x108″
• pallets «PAL pallet» size 96″x125”
Until now AN−178 has carried out 115 flights with total duration of more than 194 hours including preliminary stage of flight tests at big angles of attack.During the carried out flight tests main flight parameters, set while designing the aircraft, were confirmed.
During the carried out flight tests main flight parameters, set while designing the aircraft, were confirmed.