Pilots who fly the A350 XWB will feel right at home in the jetliner’s advanced cockpit, which inherits the commonality features from Airbus’ fly-by-wire aircraft family while also benefitting from the latest in display technology and integrated modular avionics.
This commonality will enable A350 XWB-qualified pilots to fly versions with a Same Type Rating. It retains the excellent handling qualities as the A320, A330/A340 and A380 families – and will be flown utilising similar operating procedures. Pilots will benefit from reduced training time in the transition from one Airbus jetliner model to another, as shorter-duration Difference Training classes replace the Full Type Rating course.
The A350 XWB has been granted a Common Type Rating with the A330 allowing a further reduction in transition training time – only 8 days vs 25 days for a full type rating – and does not require the use of a full flight simulator. In turn, this allows qualified A350 XWB pilots to fly the A330 and A350 XWB as a single type.
Additionally, pilots can fly multiple aircraft types within an Airbus fleet by using the proven Mixed Fleet Flying concept, resulting in significant benefits for airline profitability, pilot productivity and scheduling flexibility.
Airbus is building on its cockpit design heritage in evolving the A350 XWB’s display technology a step beyond the A380. Six very large liquid crystal display (LCD) screens replace the 10 large LCDs on the A380, providing ample room to show all flight and system information needed today, with additional display area available for future requirements.
These identical screens are fully interchangeable and have the same part number for reduced spares requirements, while their advanced design and mature technology cut maintenance costs by up to 80 per cent.
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Did you know?
- More than half of the A350 XWB is made up of carbon-fibre material
- The A350 XWB’s full-LED lighting systems can project over 16.7 million different colours, plus an infinite number of colour combinations
- The overall wing area of Airbus’ A350 XWB covers more space than two tennis courts
- Inspired by birds, the A350 XWB’s wings have been designed to adapt during flight, morphing while airborne and changing their shape to reduce fuel burn
- The A350 XWB is the first aircraft to “wear sunglasses,” referring to this jetliner’s distinctive cockpit windows
- The diameter of the A350 XWB Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine is equivalent to that of the famed Concorde supersonic airliner’s fuselage