Airbus experimental test pilot Captain Frank Chapman flew his dynamic Paris Air Show demonstration routine in the Airbus A350 as it made its EAA AirVenture debut on Monday. A350-941, MSN002, has a striking white and black paint scheme with half of the aircraft decorated with a coarse, dark fabric weave pattern that resembles unpainted carbon fiber. The paint design reminds spectators that the airframe is predominantly carbon fiber reinforced plastic. This is the same aircraft flown by Aviation Week for its May 22, 2015 pilot report.

Chapman says he was less constrained by airspace boundaries than he was at the Paris Air Show because there is no nearby airport to Wittman that could create a traffic conflict. At Paris Le Bourget, demo pilots have to be very careful not to intrude into nearby Charles de Gaulle’s Class D airspace.

For the demo at EAA AirVenture, he set Config 3 [drooped nose devices, slats and flaps extended] because the A350’s digital fly-by-wire flight control system provides crisper roll response in that configuration. Wind direction, though, is a big factor at any air show.

If it’s “on-crowd”, the wind tends to blow the aircraft closer to the flight line during the demonstration, so he has to be more careful not to overfly spectators. But Monday, the wind was out of the west, so it was “off-crowd”. That gave him wider turn margins to perform the demonstration.

This isn’t the first time Chapman has been to Oshkosh. He first came in 2009 with the Airbus A380.

“I couldn’t believe the sea of airplanes and campers on the ground. It just blew me away. When we landed, everybody was so enthusiastic. The welcome was just overwhelming.”

This year, he said he received even more of the Oshkosh flying experience. He was in the area to arrive on time from Milwaukee, but the warbird fly-over at EAA Airventure was still in progress. So air traffic controllers directed him to hold over Green Lake for several minutes, just as all the other arriving VFR airplanes do during peak congestion periods.

Landing weight for the aircraft was 430,000 lb and VREF final approach speed was 135 knots indicated. Landing rollout on Runway 36 was less than 5,000 ft.