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The Cessna 172T flies with TP100 engine

The first flight of the Cessna 172T aircraft took place at the turn of October and November 2015. Pilot Jaromir Hammer flew the Cessna for approximately 1.2 mi (2 km). The TP 100 turboprop engine operating on 241 HP (180 kW) power and produced by PBS AEROSPACE is built into the Cessna 172T.
An intensive technical phase preceded the first flight, including the installation of a new driving unit, as well as an exhaustive and comprehensive administrative approval process. The aircraft was made under the supervision of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of  the EU. Fortunately,  there was beautiful weather for the first flight. The aim was to examine the characteristics of the aircraft when operating with the new turboprop engine and to fulfill the basic scope of tests required by UCL. Initial impressions from the first flight are very positive. The aircraft features excellent flight characteristics and outstanding dynamics. On top of that, the new driving unit is less noisy compared to the original engine, which was confirmed by the consensus of the onlookers. To date, the Cessna has clocked almost five hours and more flights are due to follow.

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