At the end of May 2010 VZLÚ concluded a contract with EADS PZL "Warszawa-Okęcie" SA concerning the full-scale fatigue test on airframe of the PZL-130 "Orlik" TC-II aircraft. The Contract signing ceremony was attended by top managers of EADS PZL and the Polish Military Aviation Institute ITWL (Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lotnizcych / Air Force Institute of Technology). Representatives of both organizations on visiting VZLÚ had the opportunity to further discuss the technical requirements for tests and to learn about the activities of VZLÚ.
The subject of fatigue tests is the airframe of the two-seater turboprop aircraft designed for basic and advanced training of military pilots. The fatigue test campaign will begin after the technical preparation in 2011 and will end with the residual static test in 2014. The airplane will be designed in accordance with the requirements of FAR 23 and the military regulations of the Polish Ministry of Defence.
The test, during which a typical training operation will be simulated, will take place on a modern digitally controlled electrohydraulic testing device MTS Aero 90 using a method, which corresponds to the current level of the strength safety of the aircraft airframe. The aircraft structure will be monitored in detail at critical points by VZLÚ and Polish experts on the occurrence and development of fatigue damage using modern NDT techniques.
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