ARJ21 Delayed Again, Due To Enter Service In April-May 2015

By Bradley Perrett
Source: AWIN First

Luo’s prediction of entry into service next year presupposes that the ARJ21 will finally be certified. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is overseeing the airworthiness certification process with guidance from the FAA. If the CAAC handles the ARJ21’s application to the satisfaction of the FAA, the U.S. agency will recognize Chinese airworthiness certificates for later projects, possibly including the C919. To achieve that recognition, the CAAC need not certify the ARJ21 as airworthy, however. A proper process resulting in rejection of Comac’s application for certification would also suffice.

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