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07 October 2014
Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space presents the Orlik MPT Trainer

PZL 130 Orlik MPT (Multi Purpose Trainer) aircraft in the air
Summary

Airbus Defence and Space has publicly presented the PZL 130 Orlik MPT (Multi Purpose Trainer) aircraft on the ground and in the air for the first time.

PZL 130 Orlik MPT (Multi Purpose Trainer) aircraft in the air
 

Equipped with a glass cockpit, the Orlik MPT is a modernized version of the PZL-130 Orlik TC II Garmin, already in service with the Polish Air Force.

Equipped with a glass cockpit, the Orlik MPT is a modernized version of the PZL-130 Orlik TC II Garmin, already in service with the Polish Air Force.

The presentation of the aircraft was held in Dęblin, Poland, at the 4. Military Training Airbase before a senior audience of the Polish administration and armed forces.

The Orlik MPT made its successful maiden flight in May this year following two months’ of ground tests of all the aircraft’s systems.

This included the full integration of the new Integrated Avionics System (ZSA) of the glass cockpit type with other systems used in aircraft such as: backup avionics, fuselage computer management system, as well as antennas and the electrical system.

During 30 hours of flight so far, the basic aircraft’s system operations have been confirmed: engine, hydraulics system, air conditioning, brakes, flaps control as well as control of the basic and emergency landing gear systems. The new cockpit configuration has been tested, as well as the control stick and power lever.

Other testing included the radio (COM1, COM2), navigation (TACAN/DME, VOR/ILS/MKR) and flight instruments (AHRS, ISFD), as well as the Integrated Avionics System system in basic and advanced pilot-navigation functions. As a result, the Orlik MPT has received Permanent Approval for Flights in Special Category.

During the second phase of trials, detailed tests will be carried out including: Integrated Avionics System functions, automatic rudder trim system, effectiveness of the icing system, and the non-slip chassis system.

The attached photo shows the aircraft landing at the end of its maiden flight.

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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