"Living a dream"

"Living a dream"

Interview of Matthieu Rouzeval, Flight test engineer

 

For Matthieu Rouzeval, one the recent young recruits of the Airbus flight test team, work combines with pleasure. In his own words, he is “living a dream” ever since he was invited to join the A380 flight test team as a flight test engineer.

19 November 2005

An interview of Matthieu Rouzeval, Flight test engineer

For Matthieu Rouzeval, one the recent young recruits of the Airbus flight test team, work combines with pleasure.

In his own words, he is “living a dream” ever since he was invited to join the A380 flight test team as a flight test engineer.

“Everything has gone so fast,” said Matthieu. “I feel extremely privileged to be on the A380 after only two years. It is a great mark of confidence on the part of the team. It gives me the opportunity to work with experienced people such as Claude Lelaie, Fernando Alonso and Jacky Joye. It is a fantastic experience from both a human and a professional point of view. I try to keep my eyes and ears wide open all the time.”

The A380 offers his generation of engineers the opportunity to participate in a unique programme, including the complete certification campaign. “Some of the tests we are doing on the A380 won’t ever be performed again. We are all aware of how lucky we are. It is an exciting programme and also one that generates a very strong team spirit,” he stated enthusiastically.

“The way this aircraft attracts people, it acts like magnet,” he said. Flying from Toulouse to Dubai, Matthieu recalls, the crew received many calls from other airlines’ pilots who crossed their route and wanted to send their wishes.

“When you hear that, you feel so proud. At the same time, I am aware of my responsibility. Later, I will have to pass this knowledge to another generation, just like the team is doing with me,” he said.

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