EADS’ subsidiary Airbus has opened a €39 million ($54.35 million) Landing Gear Systems Test Facility for the A350 XWB widebody airliner which Airbus is developing as its response to the Boeing 787. The manufacturer says the opening of the new facility marks “another important step forward in A350 XWB production.”
The new facility is located at Airbus’ Filton site near Bristol in the UK, which is responsible for the specification, procurement, aircraft integration and certification of all Airbus aircraft landing gear and associated systems. Airbus began work on the new A350 XWB landing gear test facility in 2009. The new facility accommodates landing gear systems integrated rigs; an avionics suite with test benches; a control room which will coordinate all tests; a parts store; and a viewing area for visitors, according to UK publication The Engineer.