A400M undergoes high-altitude testing
Airbus Military has announced that the A400M new generation airlifter has recently visited La Paz, Bolivia as part of a series of high-altitude performance tests. The company made the announcement in a 30 March 2012 company statement.
According to Airbus Military, Grizzly 2 completed a number of flights from the airport at La Paz which is more than 13,000ft above mean sea level. Operations from high-altitude airports like La Paz are challenging because of the low air density. The tests took place shortly after the aircraft visited the FIDAE airshow in Chile, and Lima, Peru during its first deployment to Latin America.
The tests form a critical part of the A400M overall flight-test programme. Airbus Military said that the early results from the trials have been ‘very positive’.
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