Airbus Military’s A400M airlifter has taken another step toward certification with the completion of 300 hr. of Function and Reliability (F&R) trials. The trials, stipulated by the European Aviation Safety Agency, (EASA) expose the aircraft to the rigors of day-to-day flying. They were successfully completed over 32 days on Dec. 7 by the company’s first production-representative aircraft – MSN6 or “Grizzly 5.” Data from the trials is now being examined by EASA and OCCAR, the European ...

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