The flight test bed VFW614/ATTAS is based on the two engine, short haul, 44-seats passenger jet VFW614, which was developed and built in the seventies in Bremen/Germany by the VFW-Fokker company (today EADS). Meanwhile it is the last flying aircraft of this type.
ATTAS differs from the standard – VFW 614 by following modifications:
Applied as research aircraft, test bed and in-flight simulator, ATTAS is equipped as follows:
The ATTAS test facility also comprises a fixed base ground simulator providing full representation of all ATTAS functions and systems (hardware-in-the-loop), in which all flight test programs are verified before a flight.