Avic has finalized the structural design of its MA700 turboprop airliner, with complete systems specification now a month or two from determination. The structural data has been sent to the state group’s factories, and they are due to begin making parts for the airframe major assemblies in June. The manufacturer confirms plans to fly the first MA700 late in 2019 and says it is aiming for certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) at the end of 2021. The ...

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