Now wearing its completed wings, the first Airbus A350 XWB – MSN001 – flight-test airframe has moved to its next phase of ground testing.
The first Airbus A350 XWB airframe has moved from the Roger Béteille A350 XWB final assembly line ‘Station 30’ to the Clément Ader area ‘Station 18′ at Airbus’ facility in Toulouse.
According to Airbus, the aircraft is structurally complete (though it does not yet have engines fitted) and features the installed winglets, belly fairing panels, main landing gear doors.
The aircraft has recently completed successfully a series of indoor ground tests as well as stability tests on movable elements such as its rudder, elevators, ailerons and wing spoilers, as well as extension and retraction of its landing gears.
Airbus says the next testing steps – which will take place outdoors at the Station 18 ground-test station – will include three planned families of tests: Fuel tank testing, including levels, flows, sealing and internal fuel transfer functions; pressure testing of the fuselage; and radio equipment testing.