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Airbus to use shortened vibration-test method on A330neo

Airbus is planning to use a quicker technique to validate ground-vibration responses on the A330neo, having tested it on the A350-1000.

The airframer says the testing is designed to assess the aircraft’s behaviour under certain flight conditions.

Airbus convened a team to find ways to optimise and simplify the process, in order to shorten the time taken on this test phase, data from which is used for certification.

It states that, as a result, the A350-1000’s testing was completed in just two days compared with the nine for the A350-900, and more than a month for previous Airbus jets.

Airbus says it plans to use the method to shorten the testing time for the A330neo.

It says the re-engined aircraft – fitted with Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 powerplants – is set to carry out its maiden flight in the first half of this year.

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