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Monday, May 12, 2014

A350 Nears Deliveries, Passes Wet Runway Test

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[Aviation Toady May 12, 2014] The A350 XWB has completed certificate testing to demonstrate its ability to operate on wet runways, Airbus said. Airbus said the A350 is progressing well through testing overall as well, and is on track for entry into service during the fourth quarter of 2014 with Qatar Airways.

 
Flight test aircraft MSN004 performed water ingestion tests, passing through troughs of water at various speeds, starting at 60 kts, and successively increasing to nearly 140 kts. The tests were performed in Istres, France. 
 
"This test validates how the aircraft would behave on a very rain-soaked runway, and verifies that neither the water under the aircraft nor the spray generated by the nose landing gear will enter the engines or APU," Airbus said. 
 

All four A350 certification-testing aircraft have completed over 350 flights, accumulating nearly 1,600 flight-test hours. 

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