Airbus A350 Closes To Certification After Hot Weather Test

The next generation of widebody aircraft, Airbus A350 XWB series has completed hot weather testing in UAE (United Arab Emirates)'s second largest city Al Ain.

The objective of the test is knowing the whole of aircraft systems behavior while running on hot weather condition. Arabian weather is extremely hot, during day average temperature is 40 degree celcius. No wonder Airbus choose this place to run the test, following extreme weather test in Florida beforehand.
A350 XWB MSN3 Flight Test on Hot Weather Condition in UAE


A350 XWB MSN3 Flight Test on Hot Weather Condition in UAE

Airbus' engineer also check the performance of its power plant, Rolls-Royce Trent XWB since Middle-East has dusty and hot air, the engines will be assessed by environment. Good cooling systems is a must for better endurance and reliability against hot weather.

In addition, heat soak test also performed, the Airbus A350 XWB parked on runway and being sun-drenched for hours. All aircraft systems must work and perform in normal condition. Airbus used the MSN3, flight test aircraft for this test and has been scoring about 460 flights and more than 2,000 flight hours.
Airbus A350 XWB Sun-Drenched and Heat Soak Test


Airbus A350 XWB Sun-Drenched and Heat Soak Test

Airbus seems not affected by A350 XWB's cancellation order issue from the gulf carrier, instead to focus on A350 XWB certification programme. The certification processes are getting closer to the end in third quarter and Airbus A350 XWB will be delivered to the first customer in last quarter 2014.
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