Twente Airport is a unique test location. The 3-kilometre long runway and the large wide-open space are the features that make the location so special. The runway is suitable for a wide range of tests.
Water Ingestion Trials
Water ingestion trials are performed as a safety critical evaluation of an aircraft’s engines during take-off and landing manoeuvres through puddles to meet certification regulations stated by FAA and EASA. Twente Airport in conjunction with the Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR are uniquely positioned in the market to be able to offer a specifically designed facility to provide water ingestion testing for both small and large aircraft. At Twente Airport we have the unique capability to run, manage and support water ingestion trials at our specially constructed water ingestion testing facility. Our facility is integrated into the runway and allows complete control over the number of runs and depth of water required to meet regulatory requirements.
The water ingestion testing facility is located in the middle of the runway allowing safe operations from both sides of the runway. Sufficient water is available in order to conduct a large number of trials in a limited amount of time. Due to the low traffic volumes at Twente Airport, flight tests are hardly interrupted by other aircraft. Successful water pond trials have been conducted with a business jet (Cessna Citation) and a large transport aircraft (Airbus A400M).
It is also Twente Airport’s ambition to facilitate tests for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at Space53. For more information about flying with drones, visit the Space53 website.