A350 XWB at One Step to Win Certification

 

The Airbus A350 XWB is expecting to win European certification next Tuesday, according to the manufacturer.

The Airbus A350XWB expecting to win certification next Tuesday.

The Airbus A350XWB expecting to win certification next Tuesday.

This approval will allow Airbus newest wide-body jetliner to enter service once the first production model has been tested and delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways, which the companies expect to happen in the fourth quarter.
The competitor of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was developed at an estimated cost of $15 billion.

In a larger version to be developed, the A350 is also expected to compete with Boeing’s larger 777.

After more than year of flight trials, the European Aviation Safety Agency and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration are expected to give their approvals simultaneously, but without the glitzy celebrations which marked the certification of the A380 superjumbo in 2006.

Airbus officials said last week the certification could take place in coming days. The company declined further comment. EASA was not immediately available for comment.
Airbus had set a September target for the first flight of its upgraded A320neo, which took place on Thursday, and for the certification of the A350.

Source: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

A350 XWB takes centre stage at Istanbul airshow 2014

The A350 XWB test aircraft MSN5 will fly to Turkey for the first time ever and be the star of Airbus’ presence at the 10th Istanbul airshow between September 25th-28th 2014 at Istanbul Ataturk airport.

The A350 XWB will arrive on September 25th and be open to media and airline visitors during the morning of September 26th. The aircraft is scheduled to depart from Istanbul returning to its home base in Toulouse on the evening of the 26th September.

Visitors are welcome on Airbus stand (in hall 1 B-03) where a 1:20 scale model of the A350 XWB will be exhibited. Airbus teams will be delighted to explain more about the A350 XWB, the world’s most advanced passenger jet, as well as Airbus’ full range of aircraft offering maximum benefits to the airlines without compromising on passengers’ comfort.

Airbus’s family of widebody aircraft is the most advanced and wide-ranging product portfolio in the 200 to over 500 seat market segment. These planes offer airlines the smartest, most efficient way to capitalize on the extraordinary growth in medium and long-haul air travel especially to and from Turkey where traffic is growing at faster pace than the world’s average.

Airbus and Turkey have a long history of partnership. For more than two decades, Airbus has been providing Turkish customers with the most modern and comprehensive family of aircraft on the market, and today there are over 200 Airbus passenger and freighter aircraft in operation with Turkish operators. Airbus considers Turkey to be a strategic industrial partner and is committed to long-term mutually beneficial industrial cooperation. This is demonstrated by the placement of work packages that include transfer of technology and which help to build skills and competences in the highly competitive Turkish aviation industry.

Source: Airbus Media Room
Photo: Airbus

Jet Blue A320 Fire Indication and Smoke in Cabin

A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, flight B6-1416 from Long Beach,CA to Austin,TX (USA) with 142 passengers and 5 crew, was climbing out of Long Beach’s runway 30 when the crew reported a fire indication for the right engine, stopped the climb at 9000 feet and returned to Long Beach for landing on runway 30. After the aircraft came to a stop the crew advised the tower they were initiating an evacuation asking whether there was any smoke from the right engine, tower replied: – negative, no smoke, the crew then advised they were cancelling the evacuation but instructed tower to immediately report any smoke. The slides were deployed on all doors and overwing exits and passengers evacuated.

Passengers reported the right hand engine emitted a loud bang, smoke entered the cabin afterwards. The passenger oxygen masks were manually released by the cabin crew.

Smoke in passenger cabin.

Smoke in passenger cabin.

Passenger evacuation.

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Photo: Jared West

 

Happy Birthday Beluga!

With its maiden flight on September 13, 1994, the popular Beluga cargo aircraft, affectionately named after the white whale because of its remarkable shape, is celebrating this week twenty years of transporting Airbus component parts between Airbus’ European manufacturing sites.

Since 1995, the fleet of five Beluga aircraft replaced the ageing Super Guppy transporters in order to supply the Airbus final assembly lines in Toulouse and Hamburg. Today, more than sixty flights are performed each week between eleven sites, carrying crucial parts for all of the Airbus programmes, including the A380*.

The Beluga fleet is operated by Airbus Transport International (ATI), an Airbus subsidiary airline, and each Beluga crew is composed of a pilot, a co-pilot and a flight engineer.

With the production start of the A350 XWB in 2012 and the production ramp-up on other Airbus programmes, the Beluga activities again will substantially increase over the next five years.

In order to accompany this challenge, Airbus launched in 2011 the Fly 10 000 project. Flight crew numbers and flight hours have grown and loading procedures have been further optimized, with the opening of new integrated loading facilities in Hamburg and Bremen in Germany and Saint-Nazaire in France. Broughton, UK and Getafe, Spain will follow soon. Fly 10,000 should allow the Beluga fleet to double its activities by 2017 (from 5,000 to 10,000 flight hours).

Six new loading hangars dedicated to Airbus' Beluga cargo carriers – the first of which opened May 2014 in Hamburg, Germany – will help these freighters increase their flight hour totals to support the company's latest production rate increases.

Six new loading hangars dedicated to Airbus’ Beluga cargo carriers – the first of which opened May 2014 in Hamburg, Germany – will help these freighters increase their flight hour totals to support the company’s latest production rate increases.

“The Beluga is an essential element of Airbus’ integrated logistics and production ‎system. It is thanks to its reliability and engagement of the Beluga teams that we can fulfil our constant pursuit of efficiency”, said Günter Butschek, Airbus Chief Operating Officer.

The Beluga is based on the twin-engine A300-600R, appreciated for its reliability and its cost-effectiveness. It is powered by General Electric CF6-80C2 engines. With its impressive dimensions (56 m long, 17 m high, a fuselage diameter of 7.71 m and a main-deck cargo volume of 1,400m3), the Beluga is the champion of its category (compared with the Antonov AN-124 or even the C-17). The Beluga can carry a maximum payload of 47 metric tonnes non-stop over a range of 1,660 km/900 nm.

*only the Vertical Tailplane and tailcone, all other A380 components being transported through the “multimodal transport system (sea, river, road).

Airbus A300-600ST (Super Transporter)

Airbus A300-600ST (Super Transporter)

Airbus 350 Fuselage

Airbus 350 Fuselage

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Airbus A300-600ST (Super Transporter), dawn departure.

Airbus A300-600ST (Super Transporter), dawn departure.

Source:  Airbus Media Room

Photos:  Airbus

Think ink: Airbus revolutionises how an airline’s livery is applied to jetliners

The application of complex, large-scale liveries on aircraft presents a considerable challenge – particularly as airlines develop increasingly artistic and complex ways to express their identities.

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However, the difficulties may become a thing of the past thanks to a new method currently being developed by Airbus – which employs direct inkjet printing to deliver a broad range of production and operational improvements.
The method was developed by engineers from Airbus’ A320 Family paint shop in Hamburg, Germany, and is able to reproduce any livery design – be it a photographic motif, modern art or other complex patterns – faster and more efficiently than traditional painting processes, and with finer detail as well.

The direct printer functions much like a traditional model, using an inkjet head with nozzles that spray three basic colours (cyan, magenta and yellow) and black. Utilising a seven-square-metre bench, the inkjet head prints a design line by line, from top to bottom. After the process is completed, the aircraft component is sealed with a clear coat.

According to technology manager Matthias Otto, the advantages of direct inkjet-printed liveries are numerous. “I can create colour gradients or photo-realistic motifs that could never be achieved with paint,” he explained, and added that this new method also is capable of printing components of any size or shape. In the past, heavier printed film was used to produce complex designs, however such film is susceptible to the effects of heat, cold and high pressure, and ultimately could tear or peel.

The business case for direct printing is convincing. Compared with painting, where the design has to be built up by layer-by-layer, there are far fewer working and drying steps – greatly reducing the lead time. There also is no overspray or solvent vapour when ink is used, providing better working conditions for Airbus employees, as well as a healthier environment.

At present, the inkjet method still is at the experimental stage. Technical Readiness Level 6 (TRL 6) was reached at the end of June, and the ink and associated processes will be qualified early in 2015. Nonetheless, the project already has become part of the A320 Final Assembly Line (FAL) benchmark initiative, with the intention to further stabilise scheduled lead times for the best-selling Airbus single-aisle jetliner family.

Source:  Airbus Media Room

A350 XWB route proving: Visiting 5 Southern Hemisphere airports

Airbus’ MSN005 developmental A350 XWB jetliner continues on the third trip of its global route-proving tour to demonstrate the aircraft’s readiness for airline operations. In this phase, the aircraft received warm welcomes in Johannesburg, South Africa; Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Santiago, Chile then flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil before returning to Toulouse, France.

A350 XWB Test Fleet Completed with Milestone First Flight

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The fifth and final A350 XWB flight test aircraft – which is designated MSN005 – took to the skies for the first time on 20 June 2014. This milestone maiden flight confirmed that the A350 XWB development programme is operating at full speed and on track for certification during the third quarter of 2014. As the second passenger cabin-equipped A350 XWB, MSN005 will be tasked with route proving and ETOPS validation.

Airbus Media Room

Airbus A350 XWB Completed Successfully Water Ingestion Tests

Airbus has successfully performed certification testing to demonstrate the A350 XWB’s ability to operate on wet runways. During these tests at Istres, France, the flight-test aircraft, MSN004, travelled through troughs containing at least 22mm of water depth, at a variety of speeds, starting at 60kts, and successively increasing to around 140kts.

A350 XWB MSN004 successfully undertakes water ingestion tests at Istres in May 2014

A350 XWB MSN004 successfully undertakes water ingestion tests at Istres in May 2014

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. For the test, the “water trough” was created by applying to the runway’s surface grooves and rubber strips inserted in the grooves to retain the water. This pool measured 100m long by 29m wide. The aircraft performed several runs as planned in order to test various cases, including the use of reverse thrust. The results will be analysed by the Airbus Design Office, which will extrapolate them to predict a variety of typical operational scenarios.

The A350 XWB’s is on track for certification in Q3 2014, to be followed by entry into service with Qatar Airways in Q4. The first four A350s now flying have together accumulated around 1,600 flight-test hours and over 350 flights. The flight-test fleet will be completed with the fifth aircraft, MSN005, in the coming weeks.

Capt. Ivan

Photos:  Airbus

Flight Training A350 XWB by Airbus

Airbus A350 XWB

The introduction of innovative training for Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB jetliner is reinforcing the company’s focus on pilot competencies. To provide self-paced functional learning for theory and practice, the Airbus Cockpit Experience (ACE) trainer utilizes a “learning by discovery” approach. Hands-on training is also introduced at an early stage with the Airbus Pilot Transition (APT) trainer and Full Flight Simulator (FFS).

E- Aircrafts, The Future of General Aviation?

With the raising costs of fuel and in an effort to reduce carbon emissions produced by air travel, a combined project between the European agency EADS, Siemens and Diamond Aircraft is providing an answer in what will be the future electric airplane.

The group has developed two training aircraft in cooperation with Aero Composites Saintonge – ACS the E-Fan and the E-Star 2.

The E-Fan is a two seat training aircraft made entirely of composite materials, has a length of 6,7 mts, a wingspan of 9,5 mts. and a max takeoff weight of 1220 lbs.

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An interesting concept of the E-Fan is the use of an additional rear-wheel drive that allows the airplane to taxi without using the main engines and to accelerate up to 38MPH during takeoff.

An important limitation of the E-Fan to be solved in the future is the reduced time able to stay in flight with full charged batteries, only 45-60 min.

E-Fan Specifications:
– Type: Training Aircraft
– First Flight: 11 MAR 2014
– Engines: (2) Electric Turbines of 1,5 KN.
– Length: 6,7 mts.
– Wingspan: 9,5 mts.
– Seats: 2
– Power Source: 2 (Li-Po) Lithium Polymer Batteries
– Max Takeoff Weight: 550 kgs. – 1220 lbs.
– Max Cruise Speed: 137 MPH
– Endurance: 60 min.

The Diamond DA36 E-Star is a hybrid electric motor glider resulting from the evolution of the DA HK36 Super Dimona.

The DA36 E-Star is powered by a 70KW electric motor which receives electricity from a generator operated by a small Wankel engine, as an additional source of power, the airplane relies on a battery to provide extra power for takeoff and climb.

Fliegen mit Siemens Integrated Drive System / Flying with Siemens Integrated Drive System

Diamond DA36 E-Star Specifications:

– Type: Motor Glider
– First Flight: 8 JUN 2014
– Engine: Siemens 70KW (94HP) – Primary Source.
– Wingspan: 16 mts.
– Seats: 2
– Power Source: 40HP Austro Engines Wankel – Secondary Source.
– Max Takeoff Weight: 770 kgs. – 1698 lbs.
– Max Cruise Speed: 171 MPH
– Max Glide Ratio: 27:1 at 65 MPH

 

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