Airbus is in Iqaluit (Canada) cold weather testing the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB using its A380 MSN001 testbed.
cold tests at -23 celsius in North Canada
"It is the engine which is going to power very shortly the A350 aircraft that is going to make its maiden flight this summer," said Emanuele Costanzo, a test flight engineer with Airbus.
"For Iqaluit, the airport is qualified for the A380, the support is qualified for the handling and you don't have no more traffic here. So for us it's very easy to perform the test because we are near to alone here. It's nice." said Pascal Verneau's test engineer that is fifth time in Iqaluit.
Iqaluit International Airport is used also by Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna and Eurocopter.
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“It's the middle of winter and you have 30 people or so come in on these missions” said the Airport director .
Costanzo said he enjoys the northern hospitality in Iqaluit and the Arctic char. "When we came the first time in 2006, we had a very good experience and so since we have the temperatures here that are suitable to our test, we decided to come back here," he said.
Based on the article “Airbus cold-weather tests new engine in Iqaluit” published in CBC News.