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Cold Weather, Long-Range Ops Trials Loom for A380
Airbus moves into a new phase in its A380 flight-test campaign as the emphasis shifts from proving basic performance to validating the mega-transport's operational suitability.
Although Airbus officials are happy with the progress to date on the test campaign and report that in several areas they are ahead of schedule, nobody is breathing easy, yet. Chief Operating Officer/A380 program chief Charles Champion notes that the "volume of work is an issue" to get aircraft certification later this year.