The Airbus A350 MSN3 prototype will spend around 5 days in temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius to prove full functionality of its systems under extreme weather conditions.
Test campaign includes aircraft de-icing, engine start-up and landing gear operations tests in the freezing environment.
The A350 engine manufactured by Rolls-Royce was previuosly tested in the same site -northern Canada at Iqaluit- during the certification test campaign developed for Trent-XWB.
Airbus’s second flight-test A350 aircraft departed Toulouse on a transatlantic sortie to Canada on Friday.
Based on the article "A350 heads to Canada for cold-weather tests" published in Flight International.