Airbus A380 system tested in local weather conditions in Al Ain

AL AIN — The Airbus A380, the world's largest and most advanced passenger aircraft, which is planned to be inducted by Etihad Airways, was system tested under the hot UAE weather conditions at the Al Ain International Airport yesterday.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Sun 30 Jul 2006, 11:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:48 PM

Wolfgang Abs Meier, experimental test Pilot Engineer for flight operations of Airbus A380, checked the aircraft's engines, auxiliary power units, air-conditioning, hydraulics and electrical systems.

Faris Salim Al Mazrouy, the Al Ain International Airport Director along with his officials and members of the local Press, attended the event.

Wolfgang said the A380 is the greenest aircraft ever built with fuel consumption per passenger equivalent to a small family car. It will also be one of the quietest large aircraft ever, complying with strict noise restrictions at London's Heathrow airport.

The A380 systems were tested on the ground and in flight at outside temperatures in excess of 38 degrees Centigrade in the UAE skies.

The aircraft crew and the Airbus team would go to France today to carry out further tests to meet the stringent standards of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification programme.

''The hot weather test and the system test were absolutely successful,'' said Wolfgan adding,

''The certification program is going well with the aircraft's performance often exceeding expectations.''

Earlier in 2005, the A380 completed extreme cold weather testing at minus 30 degrees Centigrade in Iqaluit, Canada, as well as high altitude tests at 7,000 feet in Medellin, Columbia, he noted.

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