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The Russian PD-14 turbofan engine that has been designed to power the all-new Russian MC-21 narrow-body jetliner has been granted a type certificate by the country’s federal air transport agency.
This decision that signifies that the powerplant is ready for operation, reports the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. Validation of the certificate by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is scheduled for 2019.
The engine secured its certification shortly after the formal approval of its FADEC (full authority digital engine control) digital control system – one that boasts extreme reliability, UEC officials say.
The engine is capable of working without the need for a hyrdomechanical protection so that all engine modes, from start-up to stop, are governed solely by electronics. The PD-14’s FADEC consists only of advanced Russian hardware components.