Technology in Aircraft Testing:
Iron Bird, Flight Simulator, Environmental Control Systems
Long before a new aircraft takes flight, well over 20,000 hours of systems testing is conducted in rigs that replicate the aircraft’s avionics, electric and hydraulic systems. These rigs are integrated, forming the Iron Bird.
The Iron Bird houses the flight deck, which serves as the flight simulator for test pilots to carry out thousands of flights to rigorously test systems in all phases of flight. Real data from aircraft flight tests are fed into the Iron Bird simulator to enhance the precision of the aircraft’s behavior and response. Upon aircraft certification, this data is also used in flight training simulators, maximizing the realism of aircraft simulation.
Premium comfort is also a key driver of Embraer’s business aircraft design. For the best flight experience, passengers’ ergonomic comfort is complemented with the Environmental Control System (ECS), which gradually pressurizes the cabin as the aircraft ascends to cruising altitude. Throughout the flight, the ECS ensures that the flow, the temperature and the quality of the air in the cabin is as comfortable as a spring day on a mountain top.