SPECIAL PHOTOThe Albany-built Thrush Aircraft 510G is the first new airplane to fly behind General Electric’s new light turbine engine, the GE H80 turboprop. The agricultural airplane completed a 25-minute flight from the Thrush manufacturing facility in Albany on Nov. 23 and made its public debut this week at the National Agricultural Aviation Association Convention in Savannah. “It’s shaping up to be a terrific airplane,” Jody Bays, chief pilot for Thrush, who flew the initial flight, told AOPA Online, the website for the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association “We met all of our first-flight objectives, and the aircraft and engine both performed exceptionally well.” The flight also marked the beginning of the field test phase of the new airplane’s development program. Federal Aviation Administration certification is expected to occur during the second quarter of 2011.
- Published: 1729 days ago on December 10, 2010
- By: Tom Knighton
- Last Modified: December 8, 2010 @ 11:49 pm
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