• Transport KC-390 will experience with fly-by-wire control system

  • Brazilian company Embraer plans in the next two years to test the system fly-by-wire control for multi-purpose transport-the KC-390, which first flew on 3 February 2015. According to Flightglobal, as flight tests Embraer will gradually connect all subsystems of the remote control system.

    By the end of the second year of flight testing on the KC-390 fly-by-wire control system will be fully involved, including stabilization of longitudinal and lateral movement, barometric altitude, dash speed, course, and automatically cast to horizontal steady flight. With the full involvement of system it is, in particular, will prevent a stall or block of commands for aggressive maneuvering.

    System fly-by-wire control is already installed on the flight prototype KC-390, however, during the first flight she worked in the Director mode control. In this mode, any commands from the side of the handlebars (sagtikos) without the intervention of electronics directly transmitted to the movable aerodynamic plane. In addition, according to the Vice-President of the KC-390 program Paulo Silva, during the first flight functionality sagtikos was also limited.

    In particular, saidlike KC-390 is equipped with a system change efforts, which simulates the force required for deflection of the handle, as if the pilot was led by the aircraft with a mechanical control system. When a mechanical system to control the aerodynamic load is partially transmitted to the steering wheel. System change efforts for the KC-390 was developed by the American company Rockwell Collins. During the first flight, she was not involved.

    Multipurpose military transport aircraft KC-390 is developed by Brazil since 2007. Preliminary design of transport ended in 2012, and in October 2014, the company Embraer in Gavian-Peixoto was rolled out the first prototype. Final specifications KC-390 is still unknown. It is expected that the Transporter will be able to reach the speed of 920 kilometers per hour and flying distance to 6.2 thousand kilometers.

    Presumably, the capacity of the aircraft will be 23.6 tons. The aircraft is planned to be released in versions of transport, tanker and transport tanker, while in the KC-390 will already have all necessary preparations for the installation of cargo and fuel systems. Embraer has already received orders for the production of 60 cars - 28 will receive the air force of Brazil, and the rest of the Czech Republic, Portugal, Colombia and Argentina. As expected, the first aircraft will be delivered in 2016.


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