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Taking flight with the Airbus “Iron Bird”

16 May 2017 Feature story

Long before an Airbus jetliner takes to the skies, the flawless operation of its electrics, hydraulics and flight controls is meticulously confirmed with the help of a giant test rig nicknamed the “Iron Bird.” 

The Iron Bird is a framework in which major working components are installed in the...

Red, green, and white: Shedding light on aircraft illumination

10 May 2017 Feature story

From take-off to landing, a jetliner’s external lights are vital to seeing and being seen. 

The Exterior Lights team in Getafe, Spain sets requirements for industry suppliers to design and manufacture such lighting – ensuring correct operation in all conditions, including very cold t...

Singapore Airlines launches trans-Pacific biofuel flights with the A350 XWB

4 May 2017 Feature story

Singapore Airlines has begun a series of biofuel flights using A350-900 aircraft on non-stop trans-Pacific flights between Singapore and San Francisco.

The project is being undertaken by Singapore Airlines in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and air navigation service prov...

Design decision: Airbus employees put a smile on the BelugaXL’s “face”

25 April 2017 Feature story

Smile, it’s often said, and the world smiles with you. If true, the world will soon find itself grinning ear to ear, but it still won’t match the BelugaXL’s supersized expression of joy. 

With the first of five next-generation oversize cargo airlifters slated to enter service in 2019, Airbus a...

Officially licensed: projecting Airbus’ brand and image in the computer simulation market

24 April 2017 Feature story

Airbus is taking steps to work more closely with the computer gaming industry, encouraging the development of flight entertainment simulations, games, apps and add-ons while ensuring best use of the Airbus brand and image.

When this relationship results in authorised use, developers and flight simu...

Airbus recognises the performance of cabin equipment suppliers

19 April 2017 Feature story

The performance of suppliers who provide systems and equipment for passenger cabins of Airbus jetliners was recognised during a ceremony at this month’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany – which is one of the major gatherings worldwide for this industry sector.

During the event, Airbus pr...

Airbus Corporate Jets: Your world above the world

19 April 2017 Feature story

An advertising campaign highlighting the liberty of movement, relaxation and peacefulness available aboard Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) product line has made its debut at one of the world’s largest gatherings for art and artists.

Unveiled at Artexpo New York 2017, the campaign – titled “Your world a...

The A350-1000 makes a big splash during water trough testing

12 April 2017 Feature story

Performed this month at the Istres Air Force Base in southern France, the A350-1000 was purposely run along an inundated surface to demonstrate the robustness of the aircraft and to secure its maturity from entry-into-service.

For these tests, crewmembers progressively accelerated the aircraft thro...

Clean Sky marks progress toward a “greener” air transport industry

30 March 2017 Feature story

The first eight-year phase of the European Union’s Clean Sky joint technology initiative – which targets significant reductions in noise, CO2 and NOX emissions for air transportation – came to an end last year.

Included in this activity was the flight testing of a more “green” electrical environmen...

New manufacturing solutions take shape with 3D printing

28 March 2017 Feature story

The advantages of 3D printing – also known as additive layer manufacturing – are being applied to the A330neo (New Engine Option) jetliner and BelugaXL airlifter, enabling fast reaction that saves both time and money. 

A prototype air nozzle was 3D printed for the A330neo passenger cabin’s cli...


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