European airframer Airbus has successfully powered-up the flight-deck of A350 XWB “MSN1” for the first time, following the initial application of electrical power to the aircraft’s front fuselage.
Flight-deck power-on is an important step on the route to complete aircraft power-on and first flight, because it enables most systems functional checking to be undertaken.
Achieving this nearly a year before first flight, will allow Airbus engineers early identification and resolution of potential issues, and the company hopes, thus help protect the aircraft’s development schedule.
Testing of the front fuselage section will proceed during this summer. This will be followed by the powering on of the entire fuselage later this year, when it is constructed.