(Rocket) Science Sunday: Airbus A350 – 900 XWB

Rocket Science Scale: 5 (Actual Rocket Science)

Source: http://www.airbus.com/presscentre/pressreleases/press-release-detail/detail/airbus-a350-900-receives-easa-type-certification/

I have never understood people who are afraid of flying.

Airbus A350 - 900

Airbus A350 – 900

Growing up airplanes amazed me. I mean, they flew! If you were on one, you were in the sky! It was like magic. How cool is that!? It probably didn’t hurt that planes flew over my house on a daily basis (I grew up in the Chicago suburbs close to Midway.)

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So fast forward to present day and I am now working in the aerospace business (specifically the jet engine business). And the mechanics of flying are a little less magic and I’m even more confused on why people are afraid of flying. There are thousands of people working hundreds of thousands of hours to make an aircraft, the engines of the aircraft, the electronics of the aircraft, the systems of the aircraft, etc. It takes years before countries let new aircraft fly and transport people. 

Since it is a large effort to certify aircraft, I just wanted to say congrats to Airbus on their certification (in Europe) of the the Airbus A350 – 900 XWB. (FAA certification is supposed to happen soon as well). The A350 is a direct competitor to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

This aircraft has Rolls – Royce Trent XWB engines on it. And they are pretty awesome.

12250718The Trent XWB-97 power plant is designed to a 75,000 to 97,000 lb-thrust range for the Airbus A350 aircrafts.

Rolls-Royce-Trent-XWB-Engine

All in All, a solid aircraft I hope I get to fly on one day.

Happy Flying Airbus!

More info here:

http://www.airbus.com/aircraftfamilies/passengeraircraft/a350xwbfamily/a350-900/

http://www.rolls-royce.com/civil/products/largeaircraft/trent_xwb/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_A350_XWB

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolls-Royce_Trent_XWB

(and yes I know some links are wikipedia articles, but I am no longer in school, so it is totally a valid source now 🙂 )

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