9 Aug 2019 18:28

UEC expecting EASA to certify MC-21 engine in 2020

PERM. Aug 9 (Interfax) - The UEC Perm Engines Company (part of the United Engine Corporation of the Rostec state corporation) hopes that its PD-14 engine designed for the MC-21 aircraft will be certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2020, the company's Managing Director Sergei Popov told journalists.

"In 2018 we sent documents to the EASA, their discussion took the whole year (...) The first visit by an EASA commission was in March 2019 and there will be more in September-October of this year. They [EASA] are also planning to come in the spring and fall of 2020. Based on their audits, the plant is to receive a certificate for the production of the PD-14 engine under European standards and rules," Popov said.

The basic turboprop engine with a takeoff thrust of between nine and 18 tonnes is being created by the UAC enterprises for the MC-21 aircraft. Last October the engine was certified by the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) for operation in Russia. The engine's certification under the EASA standards was due in 2019, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said. It will allow the export of the MC-21 with Russian engines to foreign markets.