About 30 People Will Be Tasked With Landing Gear Work
An A350 XWB Landing Gear Systems Test Facility has opened at the
Airbus site in Filton in the UK. Louis Gallois, chief executive
officer of EADS, Airbus' parent company, and Sir Peter Westmacott,
the UK ambassador to France, opened the building, which is named
after Sir George White, the founder of the Bristol Aeroplane
Airbus A350 XWB Artist's Concept
"Today we are not only opening an important new building, but we
are also celebrating a closer step to the reality of the A350 XWB,"
said Gallois. "This facility, and the employees inside it, will
play an important part in the integration of the landing gear
systems on the aircraft, which will fly around the world and carry
millions of passengers in its lifetime. I am proud that the Airbus
employees in the UK will play such an important role in this
Construction of the EUR39m facility started in January 2009.
Inside there is a large bay that will house the landing gear
systems integrated rigs (LG0), an avionics suite with test benches
known as the Landing Gear Systems Functional Integration Benches
(FIB), a control room from which all tests are co-ordinated, a
parts store and a dedicated viewing area for visitors.
In line with Airbus' environmental requirements, this building
uses innovative technology to reduce the environmental footprint of
the building. This includes natural light and temperature
monitoring systems which will ensure that just the right amount of
energy is used to heat and light the building.
Approximately 30 full-time employees will work in the landing
gear systems test facility when the rigs enter the initial test
phase in mid-2011. The Airbus site at Filton is responsible for the
specification, procurement, aircraft integration and certification
of all Airbus aircraft landing gear and associated systems. The
test facility will demonstrate the maturity of the landing gear
system, and provide evidence for the certification of the landing
gear and systems, especially the extension-retraction and braking