Airbus leading aircraft manufacturer has been conducting low-speed take-off tests with one of the Airbus A350-1000 evolutionary aircraft as it heads towards certification later this year. The first of three Airbus A350-1000 test aircraft (MSN59) has a tail bumper installed, enabling its rear fuselage to be dragged along the runway in trials to establish VMU minimum unstick speeds.
The tests took place in early March at Istres in southern France, to help verify slat and flap settings and performance criteria. They are working towards certification of the Airbus A350-1000 this year, to clear the way for deliveries of the stretched A350 cognate to begin in the second half of 2017, with Qatar Airways as the first beneficiary. The flight-test trials involve a trio of Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 powered A350-1000s.The third test aircraft (MSN71) recently returned from cold-weather trials in Iqaluit, Canada, where it was divulged to temperatures as low as -37°C during an overnight cold soak. The aircraft afterwards began high-altitude take-off and landing tests at La Paz airport in Bolivia.
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