Sorting out the future for the A400M military airlifter may take most of the year, even if customers commit this summer to continuing with the program. A critical milestone is fast approaching­ for the TP400D turboprop’s full-authority digital engine control (Fadec) 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 European ...


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