Javelin Back On The Bench

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Those of you who hoped the flying prototype of ATG's Javelin jet would make an appearance at Sun 'n Fun will be disappointed: The company says the plane will not take a break from its testing regimen. Currently, the aircraft is back in the hangar to get ready for more advanced flight tests. The prototype has made several flights, all of them deemed successful. The latest was the first with the gear retracted. Now it's being fitted with equipment to better analyze and record in-flight data as part of the test program. "Once completed, these enhancements will allow tests pilots to further expand the flight envelope with higher speeds and altitudes and actuate the flaps through their full range," says ATG. "Further flight tests will verify the prototype's predicted field and climb performance data." Cockpit video and audio equipment will be upgraded as will force measurement gear on the yoke and sensors on the pitot-static system. "These modifications will enable the flight test team to capture valuable data that will greatly assist with the development of the production aircraft," said Rob Fuschino, chief test pilot and VP of Operations. First deliveries of the two-place, fighter-like jet are anticipated in 2008.