IRKUT reports today that flight test experts from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) completed the first flight session of the MC-21-300 certification program.  During the certification tests, the behavior of MC-21-300 aircraft was evaluated in various modes, including high angles of attack and stalling. were from 2.5 to 4 hours and performed at altitudes from 3 to 10 km.

The aircraft was piloted by EASA test . A test pilot from the Yakovlev Design Bureau (a branch of ) monitored the performance of flight modes. Flight crews included Russian and EASA flight test engineers to analyze flight parameters. In September 2018, EASA test crew completed a special course in theoretical and practical training, as a result of which they obtained permission to fly on MC-21-300 aircraft.

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