On the A380′s flight deck, test pilots have a mechanical link installed between the A380′s throttle quadrant and the A350′s, positioned at the rear of the pedestal. In the cabin of the A380, flight test engineers have live access to all the data streaming off of the engine, as well as access to the Trent’s electronic engine control (EEC) software, which will be able to be changed in flight.
“That’s an issue we can easily resolve,” he said, adding an updated design has already been manufactured.
“We may elect to change that prior to flight, because we can, it’s simple to do,” he said. “We can do it here in Toulouse. We can still be flying the flying test bed over a year ahead of first flight. We want to test the final production standard of part, that’s a good thing to do for our maturity objectives.”