Airbus A350-1000 completes test campaign in Spain
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.