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The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Boeing’s KC-46 tanker program a certificate that confirms the design of its 767 jet-based aerial refueler is safe and reliable.
The Amended Type Certificate is one of two FAA airworthiness certifications the KC-46 program needs to start selling jets.
“This is a key building block for the KC-46 program in that it retires risk and builds confidence as we continue our test efforts and work to complete the next phase of certification,” Mike Gibbons, Boeing KC-46A tanker vice president and program manager, said in a news release. “... We appreciate the FAA’s collaboration to ensure the aircraft is the best it can be."
They've completed 2200 flight hours, and 1600 contacts with F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B, C-17, A-10, KC-10 and fellow KC-46 aircraft.