A qualitative evaluation flight of the A-29 Super Tucano for the Advanced Trainer and Close Air Support (CAS) roles took place in Reno Nevada. Great opportunity to test fly a high performance turboprop with some highly experienced fighter pilots.
Starting from cockpit evaluation and building up to open loop flying qualities, performance, handling qualities and basic aerobatics work. As part of the tactical assessment a number of simulated CCIP profiles were flown using MK82 bombs. A few “peculiarities” were discovered and discussed with the test pilot students and operational pilots, but not significant enough to affect the overall conclusions.