(27 Jan 2022)
The Airbus C295 Flight Take a look at Mattress 2 (FTB2)
carried out its maiden flight from the Last Meeting Line in
Seville, on Wednesday.
The plane now begins a flight marketing campaign with the
intention of testing the brand new semi-morphing wing, the brand new
flight management system, in addition to a SatCom antenna embedded inside
the plane’s fuselage.
“The primary flight of the C295 FTB2 is a key
milestone that represents an necessary step ahead within the
programme, following the profitable integration of the brand new aero
constructions, power-on and floor assessments,” mentioned Francisco Javier
Sánchez Segura, Govt Vice President Engineering Airbus
Defence and House. “A number of years in the past this programme was only a
dream of a extra sustainable future for aviation. At the moment we’re at
the ultimate stage and we lastly made it fly.”
Based mostly on the Airbus C295, the Flight Take a look at Mattress 2 is
an in-flight demonstrator of the European Clear Sky 2 (CS2) and
the EU Horizon 2020 analysis and innovation programme, the place
applied sciences associated to CS2’s future regional multimission
plane are examined.
Airbus C295 Flight Take a look at Mattress 2 (FTB2)
The modifications embody new supplies and
applied sciences designed to attain noise, CO2 and NOx emissions
With the brand new applied sciences utilized in a future regional multimission configuration, as much as 43% CO2 and 70% NOx reductions
may be achieved in a typical Search and Rescue mission of 400
nautical miles, in addition to 45% much less noise throughout take-off.
The principle modifications within the plane are a brand new
high-efficiency semi-morphing wing, new dynamic winglets and a
flat panel SATCOM antenna built-in throughout the high of the
As well as, modern flight controls for major
management surfaces, together with ailerons, flaps and flap tabs with
improved aerodynamics, are able to adjusting in-flight and
contribute to a extra environment friendly excessive carry system.
The brand new flight management system leverages digital
management methods to optimise the aerodynamic form of the wing in
flight, whereas a brand new multifunctional flap has been utterly
redesigned and contains flap tabs within the trailing edge managed
by electro-mechanical actuators.
The benefits additionally lengthen into the
manufacturing course of, not least with the usage of superior
supplies and manufacturing starting from the usage of Scalmalloy and
additive manufacturing, to a brand new meeting technique for the aero
constructions of the wing.
A one shot meeting method has been used
for the brand new composite winglet and winglet tab, shifting from the
typical ribs method to a multi-spar built-in torsion field.
Lastly, jig-less strategies have been used for the meeting of flaps
Consequently, the C295 FTB2 brings enhancements not
solely to the purely operational facets of the plane, however helps
introduce new enchancment to the design and manufacturing course of.