Development continues on the Javelin Jet prototype. Aviation Technology Group (ATG) recently reported the successful completion of ground vibration testing, while resolution of a nosewheel shimmy is underway.
In a recent high speed taxi test with the Javelin prototype’s flight configuration, a common, but unwelcome, nosewheel shimmy occurred. After some minor adjustments, additional taxi tests revealed the nosewheel vibration still occurring.
Engineering and manufacture of a new nose landing gear fitting is underway and on schedule, according to ATG officials. The fitting, wheel and tire will then be reintegrated and tested. Installation of the new nose gear onto the Javelin prototype was expected to take place in early September, with more taxi tests to follow.