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Airbus has outlined the initial test regime likely to be flown by the A350-900 when it performs its maiden flight from Toulouse.
Configured at a medium centre of gravity and medium weight, the aircraft will be flown off the runway in direct law, with flight-control computers disconnected.
The aircraft will probably be taken to around 10,000ft (3,050m) for the initial part of the test, travelling at an airspeed of around 200kt (370km/h).
Project test pilot for the A350 programme Frank Chapman says the Airbus procedure is "slightly different" to Boeing's.
Once the crew is satisfied and confident with the manner in which the aircraft handles, he says, they will typically undertake configuration changes with flaps.
This will then lead to gear retraction. Telemetry data will be supplemented with information from chase aircraft.