Fabrice BregierThe Airbus A350 is undergoing three to four days of inspections before the aircraft’s flight-test program continues. “We will be flying some time next week,” Airbus’s chief test pilot Peter Chandler said after the landing of the first flight in Toulouse. Airbus indicates that the second flight is planned for June 18, if no major flaws are found.
The full flight envelope, including climbing to 43,000 ft., is planned to be opened during the second flight. The decision not to go to the maximum altitude during the first flight was taken last week, because collecting low-speed data at different settings was deemed to be initially more valuable for early upgrades to the flight-control software.