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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

Eastern Airlines’ A319 passed the RNP test flight


Organized by the National Civil Aviation Administration, China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited, and the technical team from the Davos Company of the US, successfully conducted the Required Navigation Performance verification test flight at Gongga airport of Lhasa on the 15th of July, 2009. High ranking officials such as Deputy Chief Zhang Jian Qiang, of the Aviation Standards Department from Civil Aviation Administration of China, Deputy Director Qiao Xin Shan of the Northeast Civil Aviation Administration, and Assistant General Manager Fan Ru of China Eastern Share Holdings Company, all attended the testing and spoke very highly of the test flight procedures and results.
The successful RNP guided test flight conducted by the B-6172 model of the Airbus A319-115 of China Eastern Airlines will effectively raise the accuracy of blind landing at Gongga airport of Lhasa, reduce the weather condition limits during flight to and from Gongga airport, improve all-weather operations, achieve the flexibility and excellence of flight routes, and maximize the payload of the aircraft. As the RNP is being successfully adopted, Every China Eastern flight going in and out of Lhasa will be able to carry a payload of around 3-4 tons more than before.

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