18 September 2013
What does the team of 28 test pilots do when the external factors do not allow previously planned programs in the A350 XWB test-flights?
Not all of the current flying is devoted to establishing the right configuration; systems-testing and handling-quality work is also included, particularly when external factors do not allow programs such as climb performance runs. These took place in late August, says Airbus Chief Test Pilot Peter Chandler.
20 of Airbus's 28 test pilots have already flown the A350, and the remaining few will have logged at least one A350 flight by the end of the month, when they return from summer vacations.
Based on the article “Testing Times” published in Aviation Week.