21 June 2014

A350 heat-soak; when you restart all cooling-systems after been parked in the sun at 48C for several hours.

Airbus has completed hot-weather testing of its A350-900 following several days of flights at Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered airframe, MSN3, had headed out to Al Ain late on 11/June, and subsequently carried out a number of test flights over the Persian Gulf.
Airbus said the operation focused on engine behaviour and performance in high-temperature conditions, and checks on systems such as the cooling equipment. The tests included heat-soak, in which the A350 was parked in the sun for several hours.

Meteorological data for Al Ain shows temperatures reached 48C while MSN3 was positioned at the airport.

All pictures ©Airbus

Based on the article "A350 wraps up hot-weather test in UAE" published in Flight Global.

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