First flight of the CRJ200 SF

  • David Harris
  • July 22, 2016
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AEI's freighter-converted CRJ200SF takes to the air for the first time.

AEI’s freighter-converted CRJ200SF takes to the air for the first time.

US-based conversion specialist Aeronautical Engineers, Inc completed the first flight of the freighter-converted CRJ200.

As we do whenever a new freighter type flies for the first time, we will welcome the newcomer with a few photos.

AEI launched the program in cooperation with Bombardier (the CRJ’s manufacturer) in 2013. At first the launch was speculative, but in 2014 US-based IFL Group signed up as the launch customer for the program. AEI now has a total of forty-five firm orders from eight customers — IFL Group, Aeronaves TSM, and six unidentified.

The first flight late last week was followed by two more test flights, marking the final stage in the certification process, and AEI says it expects to receive a Supplemental Type Certificate for the CRJ passenger-to-freighter conversion within a few weeks.

And now for a bit of photo history…

Interior construction.

Interior construction.

Skin off, and door hole cut.

Skin off, and door hole cut.

Another shot of the cargo door hole freshly cut into the CRJ200

Another shot of the cargo door hole freshly cut into the CRJ200

Cargo loading system by ANCRA.

Cargo loading system by ANCRA.

First flight.

First flight.

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