The French civil aviation authority (DGAC) announced on Tuesday 10th April that it had authorized an Air France Concorde to fly from CDG Airport, Paris, to southern France to undergo tests with new technology tyres. The permit is vaild until May10th
Air France Concorde F-BTSD is expected to be used as this aircraft has just completed a D check and was recently seen on the main runway at CDG doing a high speed taxi test. "SD" will equipped with new technology radial tyres made by Michelin. It is expected that "SD" will also make a 3hour post D check test flight, possibly supersonic, on Wednesday 11th April.
A spokesman for the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS), the company that is to carry out the tests, but that no date had been chosen yet for the flight to Istres, although sources say that it will be very soon.
Air France and British Airways officials hope the tests carried out in Istres will lead to a resumption of supersonic flights.
For more info of F-BTSD please see it's home page.
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