In the first of a new regular series, Russian aerospace expert Piotr Butowski reports on some of the latest developments from the country’s aircraft industries. This month, the surprising return of the Il-114 regional airliner.
With little fanfare, the first Il-114-300 rolled out of the Ilyushin workshop at Zhukovsky, Moscow, on December 28, 2019. The lack of publicity was explained by the fact that the aircraft was incomplete. In particular, the cockpit equipment and aircraft control system installed were provisional versions. The aircraft had, however, been painted – the company’s press release focused on “the unique painting of the first test copy of the Il-114-300”.