4 September 2020
Airbus has developed a new liquid-resistant integrated control panel for the A350, designed to avoid the risk to engine systems from accidental drink spillage in the cockpit.
Its development follows two incidents, in November last year and January this year, in which A350-900s diverted as a result of uncommanded engine shutdowns linked to beverage spills on the panel.
The panel, on the cockpit centre pedestal, houses the engine-start and electronic centralised aircraft monitoring systems.
“Results of the preliminary technical investigations indicate abnormal operation of the components of the [panel] due to liquid spillage in the system,” says the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. Read more…https://www.flightglobal.com/safety/airbus-redesigns-a350-control-panel-to-resist-liquid-spillage/140045.article