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A350 XWB: The 2nd Test Aircraft Is To Fly In September…

The A350 XWB aircraft is doing well with its flight test program, as the MSN 1 airplane has completed the first 92 hours of test flights:

EADS : A350 XWB achieves 92 flight test hours since first flight – 4-traders (press release)

The A350 XWB MSN1 has performed well during the first 92 flight test hours already achieved since its maiden flight on June 14th 2013. The A350 XWB flight test campaign will total around 2,500 flight hours with a fleet of five development aircraft. During the first four weeks of the flight test campaign, ten Airbus experimental test pilots have flown MSN1 and have collectively put the aircraft through its paces to get to know its handling qualities and behaviour. This early phase of test flights has resulted in the clearance of the entire flight envelope and initial testing of all key systems. These include: engines, electrics, Ram Air Turbine (RAT), landing gear and braking, fuel and cabin pressurization as well as a preliminary assessment of the autopilot and auto-land functions. The A350 MSN1 will now undergo routine maintenance and upgrades of its flight test installation to ready it for the second phase of the flight test campaign which will start in August, while the design office will analyse the results of these initial flight tests.

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 The A350 XWB test flight program is primarily focused on the performance of all key systems, as the second A350 XWB test aircraft is going to be ready for taking the skies in September:

Airbus A350 XWB clears flight envelope trials | Airframes content …

Airbus has put its new A350 XWB twinjet through its entire flight envelope and tested all key systems, as it prepares to fly its second test aircraft in September.  “This early phase of test flights has resulted in the clearance of the entire flight envelope and initial testing of all key systems. These include: engines, electrics, ram air turbine (RAT), landing gear and braking, fuel and cabin pressurization as well as a preliminary assessment of the autopilot and auto-land functions,” Airbus said in a statement. MSN1 will now undergo routine maintenance and its flight test equipment will be upgraded. Trials will resume in August, with the second flight test aircraft—MSN3—scheduled to also go airborne at the end of September. MSN3 will be fitted with heavy flight test instrumentation and will be used for performance, high altitude, hot and cold weather testing, as well as systems and powerplant tests. The A350 XWB flight test campaign will total around 2,500 flight hours across five development aircraft, ahead of the A350’s entry into service in the second half of 2014.

Hot off the press! New milestone for Airbus A350 XWB, with almost …

It’s been a month since the Airbus A350 XWB performed its very first flight in Toulouse… but what has been happening with the much-awaited aircraft since that time? Quite a lot, according to Airbus! In fact, the flight test campaign has been progressing at full pace, with the first 92 flight test hours already completed since the maiden flight. During these 92 hours, ten Airbus experimental test pilots have flown the first A350 (MSN1) and collectively put the aircraft through its paces to get to know its handling qualities and behaviour. This early phase of test flights has resulted in the clearance of the entire flight envelope and initial testing of all key systems. These include: engines, electrics, Ram Air Turbine (RAT), landing gear and braking, fuel and cabin pressurization, as well as a preliminary assessment of the autopilot and auto-land functions.

Airbus A350 XWB takes to the air for the first time – Gizmag

Seven years after plans for the Airbus A350 XWB (extra wide body) were first revealed at the Farnborough Air Show in 2006, the aircraft took to the air for the first time on June 14. The maiden flight saw the aircraft in the skies of southwestern France for four hours and five minutes before returning to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.  The Airbus A350 XWB is a family of two-engined, long-range jet airliners that will range in size from the 60.5 m (198 ft) long A350-800, which can carry 270 passengers, up to the 73.5 m (241 ft) long A350-1000, which can carry up to 350 passengers. The prototype aircraft that flew on June 14 was an A350-900 variant that sits in between the 800 and 1000 variants. It measures 66.8 m (219 ft) long and seats up to 314 passengers in a typical three-class cabin nine-abreast layout. However, only a crew of six was on board for the maiden flight. All variants feature a fuselage that measures 5.9 m (20 ft) wide and 6 m (20 ft) high. All three variants are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, which Rolls-Royce calls “the most efficient flying in the world today.” Airbus says the A350 XWB family uses 25 percent less fuel and emits 25 percent less CO2 than other existing aircraft in the same size category. The test flight saw the crew explore the aircraft’s flight envelope in the skies of southwestern France, accompanied by a chase plane that observed and filmed the various maneuvers. Experts on the ground also monitored the flight via a direct telemetry link.

 

Finally, the new aircraft is to be the European competitor of Boeing 787 Dreamliner shaping the competition in the global aviation industry for the next decades. A350 XWB: Open Skies…



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