"We are accepting the final software release for flight this week," says Rafael Tentor, Airbus Military senior vice president and head of A400M programme, speaking to journalists at the company's Getafe headquarters near Madrid. "We are on track for static engine ground runs [on the A400M] by mid-November."
Regarding the full-authority digital engine control (FADEC) software, the development of which has directly contributed to extensive delays to the A400M's first flight, he says: "We have just a handful of issues needing correction before first flight."
Aside from the FADEC software, all systems have been tested and are ready for flight, says Tentor. "We are now increasingly confident that we will perform the first flight by the end of the year," he says.