A400 m flight test update 2012

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A400M Flight Test Update: May 2012

These slides were presented during the Trade Media 2012 event held at Madrid, Spain and Toulouse, France in May 2012.

The presentation was made by Fernando Alonso, SVP Flight and Integration Tests for Airbus Military.

The A400M through May 16, 2012 has flown 3,212 hours over 1,094 flights. And these flights and tests have been conducted worldwide.

Alonso discussed as well the evolving tanker tests for the A400M. The key point is that the tanking tests to date have indicated no real problems with the design of the aircraft with regard to integrating a tanker function.

The journalists attending the Trade Media event were able to visit in small groups Grizzly 3 and to talk to the crew as well.

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A400 m flight test update 2012

  1. 1. A400M Flight Test UpdatePresented byFernando ALONSO / SVP Flight and Integration Tests
  2. 2. A400M: Flight Test Status on 16th May 2012 Since the first flight on 11 Dec 2009• MSN1 324 Flt 1 000 h• MSN 2 294 Flt 867 h• MSN 3 322 Flt 910 h• MSN 4 135 Flt 358 h• MSN 6 19 Flt 77h Total A400M = 3 212 h / 1 094 Flt
  3. 3. A400M Flight Test areas Kiruna Sweden – Cold Weather Orleans FAF visit Berlin ILA Brize Norton Airshow RAF visit Farnborough Airshow Subang Kuala Halim Indonesia Lumpur Malaysia – Demo Tour – Hot & Humid Le Bourget and RMAF visit Airshow Izmir Turkey Chiang Mai & Don 100th birthday Muang Thailand – TAF Demo Tour Lima Peru – Sale Cape Muscat Oman Demo Tour Verde Hot Salvador de Bahia Brazil La Paz Bolivia – Cayenne Guyane – Hot & High Z ops Hot & Humid Santa Cruz Bolivia Cochabamba Colombia – Hot Santiago Chile & Med Z ops AirshowA400M FT Areas - Test sites
  4. 4. Flight Test Achievements First flight 1.04 VMCG tests 2:12 VMU tests 1:04 Unprepared runways 3:00 Airshow demo 2:00 High Energy 1:14 Structural tests over bumps 2:05 Cold weather 4.46 Water trough 1:22 Cross Wind 00.37Paradroopers emergency evac. 1:00 Medical evac. Night vision operations 0:12 Hot refuelling Formation flights 3:02 Ramp & door operations 2.03 Air drop operations 1:36 Air to air dry contacts 2:10 Demo to Customers 12.12 High altitude Natural icing
  5. 5. A400M - Flight Test AchievementsCross Wind• Tower reported wind: Take-off 25 Kts – Gusting 37 Kts Landing 26 Kts – Gusting 34 Kts• 7 take offs and landinsg in Hyères Toulon Airport runway 05/23• Good engine / propeller behaviour in strong gusting conditions.• No need for specific power application procedure for take-off. Video X-Wind Video X-Wind landing of on a wet runway in Orleans during F&R
  6. 6. A400M - Flight Test AchievementsHigh altitude campaign - La Paz & Lima• 11 flights performed• Take-off performed at 8300 ft and 13300 ft• Consistant results for T/O & L/G performance tests• Very good behaviour of pressurization• Radar & SATCOM provided very accurate weather detection during ferry flights.• Propeller Optimized synchro-phaser configuration may not be equal for comfort in cargo and PGB vibration levels• Very satisfactory behaviour of engines during high-altitude campaign. Video High-Altitude
  7. 7. A400M - Flight Test AchievementsAir to Air Receiver / Tanker• 1st phase (Feb 2011) Receiver task evaluation behind VC10 Aircraft 0 16 dry contacts performed in 3 flights From this experience the AAR laws and nozzle design have been upgraded• 2nd phase (May 2011) AAR trials with A330 FSTA Aircraft New F/CTL standards tested 0 30 successfull dry contacts done in 2 flights• Next phases: • New testing campaign behind VC10 on-going • Trials with Transall aircraft scheduled for mid of June
  8. 8. A400M - Flight Test AchievementsFlight clearance of A400M tanker WingPods & FRU shape• First clearance done (loads envelope expansion)• Test stability phases will start next month 8
  9. 9. A400M - Flight Test AchievementsExternal noise• Exceptionally low noise levels for a military aircraft• A400M will comply to ICAO annex 16 chapter 4 regarding take-off, approach and sideline external noise• Certification tests completed early May 2012 : more than 200 passes above microphones installed on ground in Moron Air Force base (Spain)• Gathered data will enable both civil certification and military qualification (configurations with Air- to air refuelling devices)• Tests completed last week, comfortable margins for take-off, and analysis ongoing for approach cases
  10. 10. A400M - Flight Test AchievementsAsia demonstration tour• 6 successfull demonstration flights in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand• Additional tests performed in hot and humid conditions for O-Bogs and powerplant• Aircraft operated in normal operations (loading/off-loading, flights with passengers up to 30) Video Malaysia
  11. 11. Major objectives for 2012 Military mission management system Communications Integral to most Military Systems & includes Operations on grass runway Military Suit F & R Testing campaign on MSN6 Functions such as Mil Terrain Ground Collision Tests on-going Avoidance – Tests on-going Cottbus in May with MSN2DASS Tests - Radar Warning Receiver Defense AIDS System Airshows at Riat + Aircraft identification and signatureand Background recording at Meppen Flares and Chaff Ejection, Sensors Farnorough + Berlin with MSN6 at Manching on MSN6 Airdrop - Concentrating on Ground loading / unloading Hot weather – Tozeur or Al-Ain Climatic Envelope Expansion Paratroop and Gravity Loads Clearance of Multiple Loads (including Helicopter loading)
  12. 12. A400M - Where We Are Today • Demonstrated compliance with EASA requirements for an initial Type Certificate • Engine issues last year introduced some delays, but solutions found and we are almost back on schedule • F & R on MSN 6 with production standard engines delayed due to vibrations being out of in-service tolerances on one engine. Engine change in progress • Engine failure on MSN 4 under analysis • Good reactivity from EPI of engine/propeller to identify the root causes and implement corrective actions on test units • MSN 7 progressing well for delivery to the French Air Force at the turn of the year
  13. 13.  2011 AIRBUS. Todos los derechos reservados. Documento confidencial. Este documento y toda la información contenida en el mismo es propiedad exclusiva de AIRBUS. La entrega de este documento o la divulgación de su contenido no otorga ningún derecho de propiedad intelectual a su receptor. Tampoco podrá ser reproducido o desvelado a terceros sin el consentimiento expreso por escrito de AIRBUS. Ni este documento ni su contenido podrán ser utilizados con otro fin que no sea aquél para el que han sido entregados. Las manifestaciones expresadas en este documento no constituyen una oferta comercial. Están basadas en las premisas mencionadas en el mismo y han sido realizadas de buena fe. Para cualquier aclaración dirigirse a AIRBUS. AIRBUS Y AIRBUS MILITARY, sus logotipos y los modelos A300, A310, A318, A319, A320, A321, A330, A340, A350, A380, A400M, A330MRTT, C212, C295 y CN235 son marcas registradas.Page 13
  14. 14. Questions
  15. 15. Thank you
  16. 16. Use la pestaña "Insertar- Encabezado y Pie" para el título de la presentación - Siglum - Referencia Mes 200X  2011 AIRBUS. Todos los derechos reservados. Documento confidencial. Este documento y toda la información contenida en el mismo es propiedad exclusiva de AIRBUS. La entrega de este documento o la divulgación de su contenido no otorga ningún derecho de propiedad intelectual a su receptor. Tampoco podrá ser reproducido o desvelado a terceros sin el consentimiento expreso por escrito de AIRBUS. Ni este documento ni su contenido podrán ser utilizados con otro fin que no sea aquél para el que han sido entregados. Las manifestaciones expresadas en este documento no constituyen una oferta comercial. Están basadas en las premisas mencionadas en el mismo y han sido realizadas de buena fe. Para cualquier aclaración dirigirse a AIRBUS. AIRBUS Y AIRBUS MILITARY, sus logotipos y los modelos A300, A310, A318, A319, A320, A321, A330, A340, A350, A380, A400M, A330MRTT, C212, C295 y CN235 son marcas registradas.Page 16

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