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We fly the A400M

As a Friday treat, FG Club members can enjoy an early read of Mike Gerzanics’ excellent flight test report on the Airbus Military A400M, which is incidentally the cover feature for Flight International‘s main Paris air show edition. If you’re not already registered, it’s free and quick to do so, and well worth it. It’s […]

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Counting down to A400M delivery

During briefings at Airbus Military’s San Pablo site in Seville today, A400M programme head Cedric Gautier confirmed plans to deliver the first production example to France in the coming weeks. Paperwork leading to the new airlifter’s entry into service is still being finalised, but the formal production acceptance test process has been completed. For the […]

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A400M tanking and C295 winglets in the sun

Another week means another pre-Paris air show press trip for me: this time to sunny Seville, Spain, for two days of technical briefings with Airbus Military. I’ll be filing news stories elsewhere on Flightglobal over the course of the proceedings (the first is about A330 MRTT bids being made to Singapore and France tomorrow, for […]

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Up close with a Grizzly; first flight on an A400M

The UK’s signature of two new contracts linked to its A400M acquisition prompted Airbus Military to fly development aircraft “Grizzly 4″ to the Royal Air Force’s Brize Norton base in Oxfordshire on 1 March. This was good news not only because it gave military types the opportunity to see inside the new-generation transport during an […]

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Grrreat Grizzlies!

Now here’s something that you don’t see every day: pictures showing all five of Airbus Military’s A400M development aircraft “turning and burning” together. The company just released a couple of images showing its entire “Grizzly” fleet getting ready to take off from Toulouse, France, and I’m guessing that air-to-air shots might also be following before too long […]

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A400M has rough time during landing trials

While attending Airbus Military’s Trade Media Briefing in Toulouse last week, I watched A400M development aircraft “Grizzly 2″ setting off on its way to performing the type’s first unpaved runway landing trials at Cottbus-Drewitz airport in Germany. The company today issued a brief press release and one picture from the trials activity, and stated that the […]

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Grizzly 2 heads for unpaved runway trials

Airbus Military’s A400M development aircraft “Grizzly 2″ just took off from Toulouse, France on its way to performing the type’s first unpaved runway trials. The aircraft is now en route for Cottbus, Germany, where it is expected to stay through the rest of this week. First on the agenda will be making landings on a grass […]

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O-man; more engine hassle for the A400M

During a phone interview about the A400M’s recent receipt of restricted type certification from EASA we got onto the subject of continuing problems with the aircraft’s all-important TP400-D6 turboprop engine. Bad vibrations from one engine have delayed production-standard MSN6 from starting on flying the 300h of functioning and reliability testing needed to get to full […]

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Making a splash: A400M lands in Chile

Airbus Military’s second A400M “Grizzly” development aircraft made a splash in Santiago on 23 March, when it touched down to make the design’s first appearance at Chile’s FIDAE show. Just in case the twin water cannon salute (Airbus Military images, below) didn’t provide enough of an entrance for aircraft MSN2, its arrival from performing high altitude testing […]

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Aiming high: A400M to make Chile debut

Airbus Military has confirmed that one of its A400M “Grizzly” test aircraft will be heading to Chile to participate in the FIDAE air show from late this month. Taking the A400M to Latin America at this time has less to do with immediate sales prospects than finding a suitable location to conduct high-altitude operational trials. […]

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