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A330neo first flight

Watch te first A330neo make its maiden flight over south-western France. The aircraft took off at 9:57am local time on 19 October from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport and was powered by state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans.

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25 October, 2017



Valor begins ground-constrained testing

The Bell V280 Valor prototype aircraft has successfully begun its restrained ground run test operations. The aircraft will continue ground run testing at the Bell Helicopter Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas where it will undergo a series of functional tests running all aircraft systems and flight.

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11 October, 2017


 

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With Airbus announcing that its CityAirbus urban air mobility demonstrator is on track for its maiden flight in 2018, and Velocopter test flying its technology in Dubai recently, how soon do you expect to see such autonomous 'flying taxis' in everyday use?

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A350-1000 completes 'early long flight' testing

The Airbus A350-1000 successfully completed its first, and unique, ‘early long flight’ on May 11, taking off from and landing at Toulouse, France, with 310 passengers on board, including 10 Airbus flight test crew members and 13 cabin crew from Virgin Atlantic (one of the 12 A350-1000 customers).

During test aircraft MSN065’s 12-hour long flight, the passengers were the first to experience the interior of the A350-1000; these ‘early passengers’ were invited to try out and test the cabin systems, including air conditioning, lighting, acoustics, in-flight entertainment (IFE), galleys, electrics, washrooms and water waste systems.

Though not part of the technical certification program, the early long flight allows Airbus to assess cabin environment and systems inflight and optimize cabin procedures to ensure full maturity at Entry into Service for its customers.

The intensive A350-1000 certification testing is progressing well and on track to reach Type Certification followed by Entry into Service in second half of 2017.

May 17, 2017

Image: Airbus S.A.S. – photo by H Gousse / master films

Written by Michael Jones


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