TsAGI completes another cycle of Yak-152 strength tests
31 October 2017
In late October, employees of the Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center "Zhukovsky Institute") completed the next stage of static strength tests on the Yak‑152 trainer aircraft.
Tests of elevator and aileron control systems at maximum design loads for all structural elements were completed successfully, after which testing of the pilot’s seat mounts began. To date, the prototype has successfully withstood six loading tests at the maximum level of 150 % of the operational loads; another four are scheduled in the near future.
The next stage will involve static strength testing of engine hinge points at maximum loads. Currently, experts of the Institute are preparing for this experiment.
The Yak-152 is a single-engine double trainer aircraft intended for primary pilot training and professional selection. It is expected that cadets of specialized schools will be able to use this aircraft to master primary piloting techniques, basics of navigation and formation flights rules. The aircraft development project was launched in 2014, and the first prototype had its maiden flight in September 2016.