PICTURE: A350 rejects take-off at maximum energy

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Airbus has carried out a maximum-energy rejected take-off with its A350-900 at the Istres base, final major test prior to certification.

The test was performed on 19 July with aircraft MSN1.

While the twin-engined A350 has already conducted rejected take-off tests, the maximum-energy event is intended to examine the extreme case of a rejection at high speed and high weight with braking capability at its limits.

Airbus says the brakes reach a temperature of around 1,400C as a result of the energy absorbed in stopping the aircraft.

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Under the certification criteria the aircraft must remain standing for 5min before firefighters can cool the brakes.

Airbus says the test was "successfully performed". The maximum-energy test is left until last because of the risk of damage to the aircraft.

Certification will follow a series of route-proving flights which will begin in July. The A350 test fleet has accumulated over 540 flights and clocked up 2,250h.