KC-46 Tanker Gains FAA Approval

Boeing?s KC-46A Pegasus tanker?the aircraft intended to replace the veteran KC-135 Stratotanker in U.S. Air Force service?has been granted FAA approval, the company announced on September 4. With the KC-46A having completed the flying element of the certification requirements in July, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Boeing 767-2C, verifying that it, and its refueling and mission avionics systems, meet FAA requirements.

Work on the STC began in 2015, including laboratory and ground tests before flight trials. Both the boom and drogue systems were assessed. Six aircraft were involved in the certification flight program. Preceding the STC approval, the baseline 767-2C was granted an FAA amended type certificate (ATC) in December 2017.

?Our Boeing/Air Force test team did an outstanding job successfully leading us through all the requirements, and we appreciate the FAA?s collaboration as well,? said Mike Gibbons, Boeing KC-46A tanker vice president and program manager. ?This milestone is important in that it is one of the last major hurdles in advance of first delivery to the U.S. Air Force.?