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Topic: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test
Username: Leelaw
Posted 2006-03-10 14:17:49 and read 3731 times.

The Airbus A380 flight test programme reached its 1,000h milestone yesterday.

http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...+mark+1%2c000h+of+flight+test.html

"MSN001 and 002 development aircraft are fitted with heavy test instrumentation..."

IIRC, MSN001 & 004 are fitted with heavy instrumentation, MSN002 & 007 are being fitted with cabins?

[Edited 2006-03-10 14:21:57]

Topic: RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test
Username: NorCal
Posted 2006-03-10 14:24:51 and read 3709 times.

how many hours total in the test program?

Topic: RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test
Username: Alessandro
Posted 2006-03-10 15:42:21 and read 3588 times.

Africa testing, I wonder where that be?

Topic: RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test
Username: AMSSFO
Posted 2006-03-10 18:00:36 and read 3385 times.

Quoting NorCal (Reply 1):
how many hours total in the test program?



Quote:
The target is to reach 2,500h between the five aircraft by the end of the flight test programme and ahead of certification later this year.

Topic: RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test
Username: GeorgiaAME
Posted 2006-03-10 18:09:16 and read 3366 times.

Out of curiosity, what is a "normal" number of test flight hours for a new aircraft?
500, 1000, 10,000? I'm just trying to place this in context. And again, placing this in context, just how "different" is a 380 from say a 340 as far as development goes? To this layman, both are made by Airbus, both have 4 engines, I assume there is significant commonality in the cockpit. One obviously has a few more seats than the other, but I doubt there is any technological difference between those seats that requires extensive testing. Thanks!

Of course, if this starts an A vs B war, that's fine.

Topic: RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test
Username: A319XFW
Posted 2006-03-10 19:01:40 and read 3272 times.

Quoting Leelaw (Thread starter):
IIRC, MSN001 & 004 are fitted with heavy instrumentation, MSN002 & 007 are being fitted with cabins?

Yes, you're right MSN 001 and 004 are doing all the flying.

Quoting GeorgiaAME (Reply 4):
And again, placing this in context, just how "different" is a 380 from say a 340 as far as development goes?

At a guess the A380 flight testing is more complex than the A340. The basic shape etc might exist like you said, but the A380 systems are more complicated and numerous, compared to the A340.
Also the A380 avionics are different (don't know how this would affect the timings) and the sheer number of cabin items you have to test is more.

Topic: RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test
Username: Leelaw
Posted 2006-03-14 15:03:17 and read 3002 times.

I didn't see the official Airbus press release until today:

"Testing will continue throughout the year in the lead up to certification."

Does this phraseology still mean completion of flight testing on or about Sept. 30, 2006, leading to certification shortly thereafter, and delivery to SQ sometime in November?

http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre...items/06_03_10_a380_1000hours.html

Topic: RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test
Username: A319XFW
Posted 2006-03-14 18:40:58 and read 2878 times.

Quoting Leelaw (Reply 6):
Does this phraseology still mean completion of flight testing on or about Sept. 30, 2006, leading to certification shortly thereafter, and delivery to SQ sometime in November?

Flight testing is never-ending. That's why Airbus are keeping MSN001. But flight testing for certification obviously has to be complete before certification itself!


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