The way ahead for the A400M military airlifter may not be clear until year-end, even if customer states commit this summer to continuing with the program. However, a critical milestone is fast approaching­ for the TP400D turboprop’s full-authority digital engine control software: Its initial flight-test is scheduled for this month. The Fadec software has become the pacing item for the airlifter’s first flight, owing to problems with attaining the needed civil certification with the ...


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