F-WXWB 38A6FB Airbus Industrie test AIB14WB France Airbus A350-900 A350 Type: Seen: 89 times Time Tracked: 03:55 Route: Unknown Above: Position lookup disabled Toggle position lookup On the ground, ground speed 22 kts, heading northwest 323.4°, 0.99 nmi southwest of map centre at 222.5°.
I learned from personnal experience that (at least French) test pilots' holidays are a sacred matter. I have no doubt that they are part of Airbus' schedule, like the TLS factory closing period.
I'm surprised that they will schedule a break from flying considering how important it is for Airbus to certify and deliver the aircraft on time. Does the majority of the country shut down for holidays in France or is this just and Airbus thing?
Presumably the aircraft will go through engineering/maintenance checks and the fact that they are continuing to fly until next Friday signifies that there isn't a major problem with the aircraft. I wonder whether this could mark the end of discovering the aerodynamics of the aircraft and moving on to the stage where they'll tweak they'll the flight control software before continuing on with handling tests after the 3 week break.