14 September 2013
The third phase of the flight-test will start in October with the MSN3 joining the program.
MSN003, the second flight A350, due to make its first flight in October, is mainly tasked with the performance and engine testing. Autoland and landing performance trials are set to commence following the freeze. The first realistic figures on fuel burn will become available in that phase, too.
With MSN003 in place, the program until the end of the year will include engine and performance testing, and all the flutter testing, including those run at the highest speeds.
Icing trials are planned for November and will likely take place in France, given the expected weather conditions.
Based on the article “Testing Times” published in Aviation Week.