On this special episode of AvTalk, we welcome The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower as we discuss the status of the Boeing 737 MAX and the compendium of reporting that’s come out in the last few weeks. We’re taking a closer look at how the aircraft was developed, what Boeing is doing to get it back in the air, and how the manufacturer is trying to regain the trust of airlines and pilots around the world. (more…)
Airbus A330neo Begins Five Continent Route Proving Tour
As the A330neo’s campaign for certification moves forward ahead of expected entry into service later this year, Airbus is taking the show on the road. The first production A330neo, slated for delivery to TAP, will venture to 15 cities on 5 continents over the next few weeks. (more…)
The 787-10, Boeing’s newest—and longest—variant of the 787 earned FAA certification this week, paving the way for deliveries to launch customer Singapore Airlines later this year. Boeing flew 3 test aircraft, N528ZC, N548ZC, and N565ZC for 900 hours to achieve certification. We’ve condensed those 900 hours into a single minute. (more…)
Tracking the Airbus A350-1000 Flight Test Campaign
In just under a year, the Airbus A350-1000 went from first flight to type certification. Using three test aircraft, Airbus flew throughout Europe and visited North and South America and Asia to complete the necessary flights and tests. We’ve put together a visualization showing some of the A350-1000’s flight test program as it built hours toward certification.
362 days to certification
Red: F-WMIL | Blue: F-WLXV | Yellow: F-WWXL
The A350-1000 first took flight on 24 November 2016, with MSN 059 | F-WMIL spending 4 hours 20 minutes in the skies above France.
Flight track and speed & altitude graph of the Airbus A350-1000’s first flight
And Airbus performed its first long flight passenger tests on 11 May when F-WLXV flew around Europe with a full complement of passengers and crew.
The Airbus A350-1000’s ‘Extra Long Flight’
The A350-1000 received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency and Federal Aviation Administration on 21 November 2017, paving the way for delivery of the first aircraft to launch customer Qatar Airways later this year.