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The reception of the first A400M Horizontal Tail Plane took place just before Christmas at the EADS CASA final assembly line in San Pablo (Seville).
This Horizontal Tail Plane was sent from the EADS CASA facilities in Tablada where it is produced, to the structural test facilities of the Final Assembly Line, where it will undergo a series of tests before its assembly on the aircraft.
Today’s event represents a special milestone for EADS CASA since this Horizontal Tail Plane is the first A400M component delivered to the Final Assembly Line where assembly, final integration, and flight test of the A400M will take place.
The Horizontal Tail Plane is constructed mainly of carbon fibre composite material and incorporates the advanced materials, technologies and manufacturing processes resulting from the experience of EADS CASA in developing stabilizers. It has been designed and manufactured by EADS CASA in collaboration with Airbus Spain together with a number of other industrial partners including SACESA, SK10 and ICSA CTRM. The assembly and installation of the various systems is undertaken at Tablada.
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