2008-03-09 - Europrop for A400M in SevilEuroprop delivers TP400 for A400M flight tests
Alle vier TP400 nun in Sevilla<br /> Europrop International (EPI) has achieved a double success, delivering the last of the four TP400-D6 flight test engines which will power the first Airbus A400M and reaching the milestone of 1,000 hours of engine ground testing.
The final engine for the first aircraft was dispatched last week and has now arrived at the final assembly line of the A400M military transport aircraft in Seville. The installation of the engines onto the first flight test aircraft is now underway and this will involve integration with the propeller and nacelle. The first flight of the A400M is scheduled to take place during summer time. In addition to the flight test programme, a number of TP400 engines continue to undergo extensive performance and operability tests throughout Europe on EPI partners' indoor and outdoor test facilities demonstrating the engine characteristics and durability. Nick Durham, the President of EPI, said: "This has been a challenging programme and the delivery of the first ship-set of TP400 flight test engines is an important milestone and, combined with the rapidly increasing rate of ground testing, shows that we are really making significant progress." In parallel to the work in Seville, the TP400 Flying Test Bed engine is about to commence ground vibration testing at Marshall Aerospace in Cambridge, UK, prior to first flight on a modified C-130 aircraft.