VIDEO: A350 Flight Test Pilot Explains First Flight Process


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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