Airbus Defence & Space test pilots have conducted a first trial of an A400M tactical transport flying autonomously at 500ft in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), the company has revealed, APA reports citing Flight Global.
Disclosing the development during a media briefing on 9 December, Ioannis Papachristofilou, the company’s head of sales, Europe and Canada for transport aircraft, said the milestone flight was conducted in the Toulouse area on 19 November. It included use of the four-engined type’s autopilot and autothrottle, he adds.
Certification for the low-level IMC operating mode is expected to be secured during 2021, following further testing. The Atlas already has approval for flight at 500ft in visual meteorological conditions (VMC).