Airbus A350-1000 com­pletes test cam­paign in Spain

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - World Aviation & Defence News -

Airbus’ A350-1000, MSN065 test air­craft, fit­ted with full cabin, com­pleted a se­ries of noise tests in Mo­ron, south of Spain, be­tween 27 March and 5 April, as part of its type cer­ti­fi­ca­tion flight test cam­paign, paving the way for en­try into ser­vice on sched­ule be­fore this year end. The air­craft, to­gether with acous­tic ground fa­cil­i­ties around the Morón Air Force base, were equipped with

in­stru­ments and sen­sors to mea­sure ex­ter­nal noise lev­els dur­ing the take-off and land­ing phases of flight, as well as en­gine run ups. The lat­est gen­er­a­tion Rolls-Royce en­gines com­bined with state-of-the-art aero­dy­nam­ics tech­nolo­gies con­trib­ute to the A350-1000’s re­duced noise foot­print. Early re­sults con­firm the -1000 “is very quiet”, eas­ily com­ply­ing with ex­ter­nal noise cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments with sig­nif­i­cant mar­gins ver­sus cur­rent ap­pli­ca­ble re­quire­ments (EASA CS-36 and FAA Part 36). with fuel-sav­ing Sharklet wingtip de­vices, ni­trous ox­ide emissions are 50 per­cent be­low reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments as out­lined by the Com­mit­tee on Avi­a­tion En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (CAEP). In ad­di­tion, the air­craft will re­sult in 15 per­cent fuel sav­ings com­pared to Vir­gin Amer­ica’s cur­rent gen­er­a­tion air­craft, which is equiv­a­lent to cut­ting 5,000 tons of car­bon diox­ide emissions with each air­craft ev­ery year.

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