Voici ce que nous attendions !
Lien : http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/01/15/321112/airbus-prepares-for-a350-production-following-definition.html
DATE:15/01/09. SOURCE:Flight InternationalAirbus prepares for A350 production following definition freeze
By Max Kingsley-Jones
Airbus is gearing up to begin production of material for the first A350 XWB this year following the completion of the detailed definition freeze at the end of 2008.
Ceci vient reconfirmer le fait que le "définition freeze" / "design freeze" soit fait !
However the configuration of the rear galley remains a key outstanding issue to which it hopes to achieve an early resolution.
Oui ! "Key outstanding issue" ! Il s'agit d'un aménagement-cabine importrant, mais... rien à voir avec les "désign freeze issues" !
The signing off of the XWB's detailed definition freeze, dubbed "maturity gate 5" (MG5) on 17 December .....
Le 17/12/2008 ! Bel et bien dans le 4ème trimestre, 2008, ... comme promis ! Mission accomplie / "job done" pour cette phase !
....marked a culmination of "a succession of reviews" that began in July, says Francois Caudron, vice-president A350 customer and business development. "The process now moves to the product delivery team," he says.
Voici pourquoi Airbus & EADS sont plutôt déterminés et 'positivement / aggressivement optimistes' en ce qui concerne leur capacité à respecter le planning.
Production of parts for the first A350 will begin towards the end of this year with the lay-up of composite material at Airbus's plants in Stade and Nantes, says Caudron. "Final assembly will begin in 2011."
Difficile d'être plus clair !
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new twinjet's final assembly plant in Toulouse this week, A350 programme chief Didier Evrard said the baseline A350-900 is now defined "at the aircraft level", with all the principal structures sized and all the systems and the links between the systems "installed" in the design. "We are now going into detailed design at the component level."
One of the objectives of MG5 was to freeze the aero-lines, and this has finally enabled Airbus marketeers to use the definitive look of the twinjet. "We know we can communicate on the actual aircraft architecture," says Caudron. This confirms the revised nose design and definitive shape of the wing and winglet.
C'est l'objectif qui fut visé !
Caudron says that the rear galley configuration is one element of the design that should have been finalised as part of MG5, but work is continuing on this. "We have defined the interfaces between the galley and the structure....
C'est pour cela que l'on peut considérer que le "design freeze" est fait !
...and the design freeze is urging us to finalise this....."
Exact ! Mais le problème est qu'il existe encore des divergences de vues entre les desiderata
de certains clients.
Two different galley architectures are being "fine-tuned" after some customers had "highlighted some configuration issues with our innovative D-shape design", says Caudron.
Bien sûr, ... là, ... Caudron "minimise" !
"Our target is (to) complete this before the next programme progress review with customers, which will be in the coming months."