Sukhoi Superjet 100. Courtesy, Sukhoi

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft has been certified to operate in the high north latitude area, after undergoing trials at Yakutia’s Tiksi Airport (IKS), located at the 71.7 degree of the north latitude.

The SSJ100 flight prototype MSN95005 performed 11 flights including a nonstop flight from Zhukovsky, Moscow Region to IKS (4,380 km.), eight flights from IKS and a final flight on the IKS–Krasnoyarsk–Zhukovsky route.

Russian carrier Yakutia Airlines (R3), which will take delivery of two SSJ100s this year, plans to operate them on the routes inside the Yakutia republic (Eastern Siberia), part of the Russian Far North territories.

The flight tests verified avionics’ performance—most notably the inertial reference system and the satellite navigation systems—during operations in high north latitude area (up to 78 degree).

The aircraft gained its type certificate A-176 from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in February for meeting airworthiness and environmental requirements (ATW Daily News, Feb. 7).

The report on the additional high north latitude trials will be submitted to the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) to supplement to the SSJ100 type certificate.

Yakutia will become the second Russian SSJ100 operator. Aeroflot (SU) was the first carrier which took the delivery of the SSJ100 last year (ATW Daily News, May 23, 2011). SU has seven aircraft of that type.