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An Update on A400M Testing, May 2013

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During the Airbus Military Trade Media Briefing 2013, held on May 29th and 30th 2013, Eric Isorce, head of A400M flight testing, provided an update on the progress of the A400M flight test …

During the Airbus Military Trade Media Briefing 2013, held on May 29th and 30th 2013, Eric Isorce, head of A400M flight testing, provided an update on the progress of the A400M flight test program.

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  • 1. A400M Flight Test UpdateMay 2013Presented byEric ISORCE / Head of A400M Flight Tests
  • 2. Since the first flighton 11th Dec 2009• MSN 1 438 Flt 1339 h• MSN 2 455 Flt 1206 h• MSN 3 444 Flt 1264 h• MSN 4 247 Flt 583 h• MSN 6 143 Flt 639 h• MSN 7 5 Flt 20 hA400M: Flight Test Status on 21th May 2013Total A400M = 5 051 h / 1 732 Flt
  • 3. Berlin ILAAirshowA400M FT Areas - Test sitesLa Paz Bolivia –Hot & High Z opsLima Peru –Demo TourSubang KualaLumpur Malaysia– Hot & Humidand RMAF visitCayenne Guyane –Hot & HumidLe BourgetAirshowFarnboroughAirshowKirunaSweden –Cold WeatherCochabambaColombia – Hot& Med Z opsHalim Indonesia– Demo TourSantiago ChileAirshowIzmir Turkey100th birthdayTAFBrize NortonRAF visitMuscat OmanHotSanta CruzBoliviaSale CapeVerdeSalvador deBahia BrazilChiang Mai & DonMuang Thailand –Demo TourA400M Flight Test areasIqaluitCanada – ColdWeatherWunstorf GAFvisitKeflavikIslandCrosswindOrleans FAFvisitEskisehir TurkeyAirdrop testsCottbus GermanyGrass runway tests
  • 4. Flight Test Achievements 2009 - 2012Natural icingDemo to Customers 12.12Air drop operations 1:36 Air to air dry contacts 1:17 High altitude 05:15Paradroopers emergency evac. 1:00 Medical evac. Hot refuelling Ramp & door operations 2.03Night vision operations 0:12 Formation flights 3:02VMU tests 1:04 Airshow demo 2:00First flight 1.04 VMCG tests 2:12 Unprepared runways 3:00High Energy 1:14 Structural tests over bumps 2:05 Cold weather 4.46 Cross Wind 00.37Water trough 1:22
  • 5. Flight Test Achievements 2013 & tests ongoingOperations on laterite runwayAblitas in June13 with MSN2Aircraft identification and signatureat Manching on MSN6 ongoingDASS - Radar Warning Receiver in Cazauxand Background recording at MeppenDefense AIDS SystemFlares and Chaff Ejection, Sensors 500 flaresejection over El Arenosillo test rangeMilitary mission management systemIntegral to most Military Systems & includesFunctions such as Mil Terrain Ground CollisionAvoidance – Tests on-goingAirdrop static lines done - ParatroopsMay-July13 and Gravity LoadsongoingGround loading / unloadingClearance of Multiple Loads(including Helicopter loading)Braking Max Energy MERTOin LFBO Toulouse April13CommunicationsMilitary SuiteTests on-goingAirshows at Le Bourget RIAT +Rhyadh with MSN6F & R Testing campaign on MSN6tests completed in Dec12Climatic Envelope Expansionin Iqaluit Canada Jan13
  • 6. A400M - Flight Test Achievements• MSN 002 has completed its first set ofunpaved runways tests at Cottbus-Drewitz• A series of ground runs on the grass surfaceincluding maximum-braked rejected take-offswere performed• Analysis of the data and examination of therunway are underwayOperation on grass-runway in GermanyVideo
  • 7. A400M - Flight Test Achievements• 3rd phase ( May 2013)Tanker role evaluation with helicopter0low speed assessment 130 to 105ktspromising results• 4th phase (June 2012)Air to air refuelling behind TransallNew F/CTL standards tested030 successful dry contacts done in 2 flights• Next phases:• New testing campaign behindA330 FSTA on-going• Trials with Transall aircraft scheduledfor September 2013Page 7Air to Air Receiver / TankerVideo AAR
  • 8. A400M - Flight Test Achievements8Flight clearance of A400M tanker WingPods & FRU shapeT• First clearance done (loads envelope expansion)• Test stability phases started in July 2012and April 2013 7 different pod nacelle strakes tested2 different wing pods hoses length tested80 & 91ft
  • 9. A400M : Flight Test Achievements• Ramp and door operation• Paratroop doors operation and aerodynamics• Air drop with new static lines length and withdifferent deflection angle 30° up to 45° of Air deflectorsVideo Ramp opening Video Air DropMilitary Systems and Operations
  • 10. A400M : Flight Test AchievementsMilitary Systems• Night vision goggles operation at low level conditionsdown to 500ft (short runs down to 300ft)• Enhanced Vision System certified• Military radar Video Video 2nd multi vision
  • 11. A400M : Flight Test Achievements• 1st & 2nd campaign in Kiruna Sweden were dedicated toPowerplant tests and systems operation in low temperatures• 1st campaign with a 27H coldsoak down to -21°C• 2nd campaign with a 24H coldsoak down to -38°C• A/C systems and cargo operation in Iqaluit Canada inlow temperatureVideo KirunaCold Weather in IqaluitVideo Iqaluit
  • 12. A400M - Flight Test Achievements• Braking Performance Certification Tests completed for AFM• MTOW = 148 T• Brake Energy = 30 MJ per wheelMaximum energyVideo MERTO
  • 13. A400M - Flight Test Achievements•13Demonstration flight with Customers• German Airforce• French Airforce• British Royal AirForce• Turkish Airforce
  • 14. A400M - Flight Test Achievements• Cargo winch test during real loading& offloading exercise for:• NH90 (in Holsdorf)• EC725 helicopter (in Toulouse)• Military pallets: German and Frenchloading/offloading for qualificationCargo unloading & offloadingVideo NH90 loading Video EC725 loading
  • 15. A400M - Flight Test Achievements• NH90 Loading in Holsdorf• EC725 Loading in ToulousePage 15EC725 Loading offloading
  • 16. A400M - Flight Test Achievements• NH90 Loading in Holsdorf• EC725 Loading in ToulousePage 16NH90 Loading offloading
  • 17. A400M - Flight Test Achievements• 7th of June, Five A400M take-off fromToulouse for a Unique Formation FlightPage 175x A400M Formation FlightMI5 Formation Flight
  • 18. • Infrared Sensors (MWS-PE) - Background recording campaign :• Ride Along IR recording• Dedicated flights for• Afterburner recording (F4 Phantom)• Flares ejection recording from Transall• Low Level Flight over Germany for Industry, Airfield,Urban, Rural recording• Flares ejection recording from own aircraftDASS FlightDefence Aids Sub-System• Flare ejection campaign #1 & #2:• Ejection of flares from Nose Fuselage and Wing Fairingfor load assessment• Safety barriers tests• Flare ejection from aft Sponson and aft wing fairingfuselage dispensers for trajectory assessment• Opening of the domain (low speed, high speed, all conf)•Flare ejection campaign #3 & #4:• Ejection of multiple flares from Sponson and Wing Fairingdispenser for trajectory validation• More than 500 flares ejected during these 4 campaigns Jettison ongoing in June 2013A400M - Flight Test AchievementsDASS Flight2nd video
  • 19. 52 flights - 500 passengersA400M - Flight Test AchievementsF & R Testing campaign on MSN 6
  • 20. 52 flights - 500 passengersA400M - Flight Test AchievementsCargo Loading Offloading qualification tests on MSN 6
  • 21. Major objectives for 2013Operations on laterite & gravelrunway with MSN2Aircraft identification and signatureat Manching on MSN6DASS Tests - Radar Warning Receiverand Background recording at MeppenDefense AIDS SystemFlares and Chaff Ejection, Sensors incl. JettisonMilitary mission management systemIntegral to most Military Systems & includesFunctions such as Mil Terrain Ground CollisionAvoidance – Tests on-goingAir to air refuelling behind C160 wetcontactGround loading / unloadingClearance of Multiple Loadsin Boscombe down in June13Air drop paratroops & loadsCommunicationsMilitary SuitTests on-goingAirshows at Le Bourget, RIAT +others with MSN6AAR as tanker with helicopterA400M & fighter as receiverAir to air refuelling behindA330 MRTT wet contact
  • 22. A400M - Where We Are Today• Demonstrated compliance with EASA requirements for a Type Certificate• Functionability & Reliability Testing 300H achieved in 5 weeks / 52 flights• Certificate of Design delivered to CQC in April 2013• MSN 7 progressing well for delivery to the French Air Force in June 2013• MSN8 PATM ground tests started on 13th May13. First flight imminent.Video complete FT Campaign (06:34)
  • 23. Questions?
  • 24. May 2013 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 ladivulgación 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 estedocumento 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 enlas 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.
  • 25. Thank youMay 2013