The Airbus A350 XWB ‘MSN3’ development aircraft, accompanied by a team of 48 Airbus specialists, has completed cold-weather trials at Iqaluit Airport in northern Canada.
At Iqaluit Airport (IATA code YFB), which serves Iqaluit, the small city that is the capital of Canada’s Nunavut territory, ground temperatures were as low as -28°C (-18° Fahrenheit) during the Airbus A350 XWB cold-weather trials.
The scope of the trials included auxiliary power unit and engine starts after a cold soak; verifying system behavior; low-speed taxi tests; and rejected take-offs.
MSN3, which is the second flight-test Airbus A350-900, also performed a local flight as planned.
This latest phase of the development test program comes only days after MSN3’s completion of high-altitude tests in Bolivia.
Since the A350 XWB family’s first flight by aircraft ‘MSN1’ ‒ the first flight-test A350-900 ‒ on June 14, 2013, MSN1 and MSN3 have completed more than 900 hours of flight-testing in a total of nearly 200 test flights.
The A350 XWB flight-test program will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours, using a fleet of five flight-test aircraft.
According to Airbus, this rigorous flight-testing will lead to the certification of the Airbus A350-900 by the European EASA and U.S. FAA airworthiness authorities, prior to entry into service in the fourth quarter of 2014.