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Time to “fly your ideas:” Airbus is accepting entries for the fourth edition of its student competition

12 November 2014 News in brief

Students around the world are getting ready to “reach for the skies” with Airbus as the deadline for entering the company’s Fly Your Ideas 2015 contest approaches. Supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the biennial Fly Your Ideas competition challenges teams of 3-5 students to develop innovative concepts for aviation’s future. 

For Round 1, during which teams submit their ideas, Airbus will continue accepting registrations and project proposals by 1 December. At the end of three progressively challenging rounds, the winning team will be selected from five finalists by a panel of Airbus and Industry experts in June 2015.  Fly Your Ideas’ top-prize is €30,000, with €15,000 awarded to the second-place team.  

• For more information on Fly Your Ideas 2015, visit www.airbus-fyi.com

Airbus’ newest customer support centre begins operations in Malaysia

10 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus Customer Services’ Malaysian-based subsidiary – Airbus Customer Services Sbn Bnd – has commenced operations, providing support to customers in close proximity to this fast-growing South East Asia region. Co-located with Sepang Aircraft Engineering near Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the new Malaysian center will offer services that cover the complete range of Airbus’ modern, efficient jetliner product line – with a focus on the A380 and A350 XWB.

An even quieter approach: Airbus introduces air flow deflectors on the A320 Family

10 July 2014 News in brief

Building on the A320 Family’s established reputation for quiet operations, Airbus is reducing noise levels even further for its popular single-aisle product line with the introduction of small underwing air flow deflectors. Positioned just ahead of underwing cavities for the fuel over-pressure protection system, these devices prevent the cavities from generating a “whistling” sound which can sometimes be heard on the ground when the engines are at idle during final approach. Air flow deflectors were implemented in production A320 jetliners this spring and are also available as a retrofit modification.

Sichuan Airlines’ Flight Hour Services agreement for its A330 Family aircraft is extended

10 July 2014 News in brief

China’s Sichuan Airlines has extended its existing Flight Hour Services (FHS) components support contract to cover the airline’s entire fleet of A330 Family aircraft. This agreement – which will run for 12 years – provides A330 line-replaceable units, guaranteed spare parts availability through pool access service, on-site stock at Sichaun Airlines’ main base and selected outstations, along with repair services, components reliability and APU services. 

Maintenance programme submitted in preparation for the A350 XWB’s certification and service entry

9 July 2014 News in brief

The A350 XWB’s maintenance programme has been submitted for approval to the EASA, FAA and Transport Canada airworthiness authorities, representing a major milestone in preparations for the jetliner’s service introduction.  Definitive approval is expected during the summer, prior to the aircraft’s type certification and first customer delivery. The early involvement of Airbus’ maintenance and engineering teams – and discussions with authorities and customers – contributed to the development of an efficient A350 XWB maintenance programme. In particular, it will feature fewer and simpler maintenance visits, and flexible packaging of tasks, resulting in reduced scheduled maintenance workload compared with earlier generation aircraft.

Airbus moves forward with its “factory of the future” concept

9 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus has incorporated innovative digital tracking and monitoring RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology to help streamline and increase the efficiency of its industrial operations. By using RFID tags – attached to objects such as aircraft components and tools, and which are read automatically from distances of up to approximately 100 metres – Airbus can track and visualise its production processes in real-time. These capabilities have been deployed on the A330 and A350 final assembly lines in Toulouse, France, as well as for A400M wing assembly operations in the UK.

On track for certification: The A350 XWB flight test campaign marks key milestones

8 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus’ flight test department is moving at full-speed with all five A350-900 developmental aircraft now flying – a fleet that has accumulated more than 2,100 total hours in over 500 flights. Among the key recent achievements of the programme are crosswind tests with MSN001 in Keflavik, Iceland; MSN003’s hot-weather test campaign in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates; the first flight of MSN005 and two Early Long Flights (ELFs) performed by MSN002. Remaining certification tests include route-proving and “maximum energy” rejected takeoff evaluations, which will help pave the way for the A350 XWB’s planned certification in the third quarter of 2014 and the subsequent delivery of the first customer aircraft to Qatar Airways before year-end.

The first A350 XWB full-flight simulator is readied for airline flight crews

8 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus’ initial A350 XWB full-flight simulator – located at the company’s Flight Training Centre in Toulouse – is nearing the start-up of training operations with airline flight crews. Installed several months ago, this training device has been fine-tuned using data from the A350 XWB’s flight tests and is getting ready for its qualification process with aviation authorities this summer. Based on a CAE Series 7000 simulator and equipped with the latest visual system, the A350 XWB full-flight simulator is the Training Centre’s first such device to be fitted with a full electrical motion system – which delivers the same or improved performance compared to a hydraulic system while providing energy savings and environmental benefits.

Two giant pandas are transferred aboard a MASkargo-operated A330-200F

7 July 2014 News in brief

Airbus’ versatile A330-200F freighter delivered some important freight for MASkargo this spring, flying two live giant pandas – named “Fu Wa” and “Feng Yi” – from China to Kuala Lumpur, en route to their new home at Malaysia’s Zoo Negara.  Further highlighting the flexibility of the world’s most modern mid-sized freighter, this A330-200F – which featured MASkargo’s special panda-themed livery – maintained a climate-controlled environment, with two veterinarians also on-board to ensure the animals’ well-being.

One year since first flight: a successful anniversary for the A350 XWB

14 June 2014 News in brief

With its historic takeoff from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport on June 14, 2013, the A350 XWB opened a new era in commercial aviation.  One year later, Airbus’ four development A350 XWBs have logged nearly 2,000 hours aloft, placing the jetliner programme well on track for certification – and service entry – before year-end.  The flight test pace has reached the highest flying rate ever achieved by Airbus – with each of the four aircraft accumulating an average of 80 flight hours per month.  A fifth A350 XWB currently is being readied for flight. Watch the related interview of Patrick DuChé, Head of Development Flight Test

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