Distinguished lecture

Wednesday September 19, 2007

Airbus A380 Flying tests

Jacques ROSAY

AIRBUS Vice president, Chief test pilot

Author :

Born in 1949 in Valréas, France, Jacques Rosay obtained an engineering degree at the Ecole de l’Air course before training as a military pilot.  Between 1974 and 1981 he was a fighter pilot, flying Mirage IIIE aircraft for the French Air Force prior to completing the test pilot course at l’Ecole du Personnel Navigant d’Essais et de Réception (EPNER).In 1982 he was employed at the Centre d’Essais en Vol, the French flight test centre in Istres, Southern France, as chief test pilot where he became project pilot for several military aircraft including Mirage 2000 N and Rafale A, and tested more than 150 different models of military and civilian aircraft. Five years later Jacques Rosay returned to EPNER as chief test pilot. Then, in 1989, he joined the Joint Aviation Authorities as a certification test pilot for various aircraft including Falcon 2000, Jetstream 41, and Airbus’ A320, A321, A330 and A340, while also working part-time as an airline pilot for Air France.He was recruited by Airbus in 1995 as a test pilot, and has been involved in the development and certification of the A319, the A318, the A330-200, the A340-600 and the A340–500. In 2000 he was appointed as vice president chief test pilot of Airbus’ flight test division. Jacques Rosay and has some 10,000 flight hours to his credit, including 7,000 hours of flight tests; he also performed the maiden flights of the A318 and A340-500.Since the origin of the program, Jacques Rosay is the project pilot for the A380, in which he played a leading part in its cockpit design. On the 27th of April 2005, he was the first pilot to fly this aircraft.

Distinguished lecture subject :

The A380 (Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines version) has made its first flight on the 27th of April
2005, and has been certified jointly by the European Aviation Safety Agency, and the Federal
Aviation Administration on the 12th of December 2006. This campaign involved three aircraft and
took approximately 2500 flight hours and 750 flights. Since then, additional tests have been
conducted in particular to get the CATIII autoland certification. The certification of the A380
equipped with the Engine Alliance GP 7200 is due by the end of 2007.
For most of the disciplines of flight testing, like structure, performances, handling qualities,
engines, avionics, systems, cabin, etc, this presentation describes the main stages of the flight
test campaign, leading from the initial evaluations to the final type certificate, through the
development phases. Pictures and movies illustrate many of the salient events of this campaign.

see oral presentation

To complete, a selection of video : campaign of tests