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NEWS: Nunavut January 23, 2014 - 8:00 am

Photo: It’s not cold enough — Airbus crew departs Iqaluit early

PETER VARGA
It's not cold enough. The Airbus company's cold weather test of their most recent commercial passenger plane, the A350-900, at the Iqaluit airport came to an early end Jan. 26, when temperatures rose to -18 C, well above the -25 temperatures the test crew needed to complete their trials. Flight operations manager Pedro Dias called on the 48-member crew to pack it in for the afternoon, when flight engineers decided their mission was accomplished after almost three full days of testing. “It’s not cold enough anymore,” he said. “If we stay one more night, we’re going to lose time.” With that, the group of engineers and pilots took off from Iqaluit by 5:00 p.m., heading back to Toulouse, France, ahead of schedule and ahead of an blizzard expected for Iqaluit. Their next stop is Qatar in a week’s time, where they will take the plane through hot-weather tests. Meanwhile, a blizzard is expected in Iqaluit later on Jan. 27, with winds gusting between 70 km/h and 90 km/h. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)
It's not cold enough. The Airbus company's cold weather test of their most recent commercial passenger plane, the A350-900, at the Iqaluit airport came to an early end Jan. 26, when temperatures rose to -18 C, well above the -25 temperatures the test crew needed to complete their trials. Flight operations manager Pedro Dias called on the 48-member crew to pack it in for the afternoon, when flight engineers decided their mission was accomplished after almost three full days of testing. “It’s not cold enough anymore,” he said. “If we stay one more night, we’re going to lose time.” With that, the group of engineers and pilots took off from Iqaluit by 5:00 p.m., heading back to Toulouse, France, ahead of schedule and ahead of an blizzard expected for Iqaluit. Their next stop is Qatar in a week’s time, where they will take the plane through hot-weather tests. Meanwhile, a blizzard is expected in Iqaluit later on Jan. 27, with winds gusting between 70 km/h and 90 km/h. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)

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