Photo of the Week – A340 Takeoff from Saint Maarten

Photo of the Week – A340 Takeoff from Saint Maarten

This weeks Photo of the Week is this stunning shot of the daily Air France Airbus A340 taking off from Saint Maarten SXM. Photo (c) ...
Airbus A350 XWB Route Proving to Hong Kong and Singapore

Airbus A350 XWB Route Proving to Hong Kong and Singapore

Airbus’ MSN005 developmental A350 XWB travelled to Asia on the second trip of its global route-proving tour to demonstrate the aircraft’s readiness for airline operations. ...

Power-On – A350 XWB MSN1 Flight-Deck

Airbus has successfully powered-up the flight-deck of the first Airbus A350 XWB (MSN1). This significant milestone was passed only two weeks after the front fuselage section was delivered to the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse. Moreover, it gives a promising indication of the Airbus A350 XWB’s progress in pre-FAL and the readiness of the aircraft’s systems.

Airbus A350 XWB MSN1 Cockpit

Airbus A350 XWB Cockpit Center Panel

Airbus A350 XWB Cockpit Overhead Panel

Flight-deck power-on is an important step on the route to complete aircraft power-on and first flight, because it enables most systems functional checking to be undertaken. Having achieved this nearly a year before first flight will allow early identification and resolution of potential issues and thus help to protect the aircraft’s development schedule. Testing of the front fuselage section will proceed during this summer. This will be followed by the power-on of the entire fuselage later this year.

Airbus A350 XWB MSN1 Powered Up

Source: EADS
Photos: (c) Airbus S.A.S. 2012

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