The latest version of the Airbus has made its first visit to Britain and touched down at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire as part of routine certification tests.
The new Airbus A350 XWB was flown by London-born experimental test pilot, Frank Chapman, and is one of the four A350 test aircraft currently flying and undergoing rigorous testing before entry into service later this year. Captain Chapman said:
“The A350 XWB has significant UK input, as the wings and fuel systems are designed at the Airbus facilities in Filton, Bristol and assembled at the Broughton plant in North Wales, the engines are made by Rolls-Royce in Derby and the landing gear by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty in Gloucestershire.”
“This visit is part of the aircraft’s certification. Experts from the nearby Airbus Filton facility are playing a key role in supporting the fuel system tests.
“I’m immensely proud to be flying the first A350 XWB to land in the UK and look forward to this aircraft being a regular feature in British skies over the coming years.”
Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire is to be lit up this weekend to celebrate 175 years since the invention of photography. The National Trust building will be bathed in different colours as part of the abbey's second light festival.
Groups opposed to fracking - the controversial technique of drilling for gas - have described a government incentive as "bribery". Further licences to explore in parts of the West could be issued later this year - in addition to one area of Somerset already identified.
Today the Prime Minister said councils that allow fracking will now be able to keep all the associated business rates as well as other benefits. Our political correspondent Bob Constantine reports from Westminster.
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the last-ever flight of Concorde, the supersonic plane, which was designed and built at Filton. Trustees say two-thirds of the £12 million needed for a permanent museum has now been raised. Richard Payne reports.
Today is the tenth anniversary of the last ever flight of Concorde, the supersonic plane which was designed and built in Bristol.
In 2003 thousands turned out to watch Concorde 216 fly over the West Country before touching down at Filton.
The plane has remained there ever since despite plans to build a museum to house her.
Ten years ago Concorde returned home to Filton at the end of its supersonic era. and all those years later she still has no permanent homeRead the full story ›
A young engineer from Bristol has designed and built a prototype bionic hand - from his bedroom.
24-year-old Joel Gibbard, who studied at Plymouth University, hopes the project could lead to low-cost bionic hands for amputees.
Emily Dexter reports:
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A young engineer from Bristol has designed and built a prototype bionic hand in his bedroom.
Twenty four year old Joel Gibbard who studied at Plymouth University hopes the project could lead to a low-cost robotic prosthetic hand for amputees.
The Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, has told ITV News that he wants to find more sites for council-owned wind farms around Bristol in the years to come. The first one was opened at Avonmouth today.