Airbus flight test aircraft supports evaluation of ash impact

  • 26-Apr-2010 02:05 EDT

Airbus has taken advantage of scheduled development test flights to assess the impact on the aircraft and its flight systems within the volcanic ash on aircraft over Europe. Airbus A380 MSN 4, powered with four EA engines flew within French airspace, and A340-600 MSN 360, fitted with Rolls-Royce engines flew in French and German airspace. During the flights, Airbus' experimental flight test crew observed aircraft and engine behaviors in the ash cloud, and a thorough post-flight aircraft and engine inspection was performed after landing. Airbus will share the findings from these flights with the relevant airworthiness authorities and engine manufacturers as soon as possible.

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