First Flight of Sikorsky VS-300 75 Years ago

First Flight of Sikorsky VS-300 75 Years ago

75 years ago, Sikorsky founder Igor Sikorsky lifted off the ground to tabletop height in an experimental helicopter designated the VS-300. The first flight event ...
Sikorsky to reveal S-97 Raider

Sikorsky to reveal S-97 Raider

Sikorsky will be revealing the new, top secret, S-97 Raider to the general public for the very first time on October 2nd! The Sikorsky S-97 ...

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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