VIDEO: A350 Flight Test Pilot Explains First Flight Process

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With first flight possibly just days away, Airbus A350XWB project test pilot, Frank Chapman, gave Aviation Week an update on the flight test program in Toulouse on Tuesday, 6 June.

Chapman also told journalists at the two-day briefing in Toulouse that the only real showstopper would be thunderstorms. “We don’t want to be hit by lightning at this stage,” he said.

As for a fly past at the Paris air show, “your guess is as good as mine. I have no idea,” Chapman told journalists during the briefing. “We have to feel comfortable with it.”

His comments come four days after John Leahy told us in Cape Town: “we’ll do it when we’re ready to do it.

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