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Airbus Lightning Tests A350 XWB

The Airbus A350 WXB underwent low-level lightning testing at the Clement Ader facility in France to clear the flight test aircraft for icing flights. The A350 XWB is constructed mainly of carbon fiber composite with a metal mesh embedded in the outer surface. The carbon fiber/metal mesh structure is an order of magnitude more resistive than conventional aluminum aircraft. Thus, extra measures are required to protect the sensitive electrical and electronic equipment in the aircraft. One of the techniques Airbus has employed is to route the aircraft’s wiring in metal conduit. The low-level testing was completed in about 3 days to clear the flight test aircraft. Further lightning testing is required later in the program to demonstrate the aircraft complies with EASA and FAA...

Same Ryanair 737-800 hit by lightning twice in two years

A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 flying into Dortmund (Germany) was struck by lightning during the approach on Sept 18, 2013. The aircraft landed safely but was taken out of service.  A replacement aircraft was sent to continue the flights. This is the second time in two years that this aircraft has been damaged by lightning.  In January 2012, the aircraft was struck while landing in Sweden.  That event caused damaged to the radome and the...