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Topic: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: JetMech
Posted 2006-11-28 07:35:43 and read 18482 times.

G'day A'netters  Smile,

I know that there are at least two A380 in Sydney threads, but they are discussions without photos, so please don't flame me. The A380 arrived at about 8:52AM Sydney time and landed on runway 34L. The aircraft was parked on bay 57 of pier "C" at the international terminal.

It was amazing how so many people suddenly materialised out of thin air for the arrival. I had no idea so many people worked at Sydney airport! The funny thing with the A380 is that when you view any element individually, you sense the amazing size of the machine, but as a whole there is not really the same sense of size.

Anyway, here are the photos, I apologise in advance for the quality  blush !

Regards, JetMech

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jet-Mech/IMG_0841.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jet-Mech/IMG_0842-1.jpg
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http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jet-Mech/IMG_0845-1.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jet-Mech/IMG_0847-1.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jet-Mech/IMG_0848-1.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jet-Mech/IMG_0849-1.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jet-Mech/IMG_0851-1.jpg
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http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jet-Mech/IMG_0855.jpg
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http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jet-Mech/IMG_0858.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jet-Mech/IMG_0860.jpg


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Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: 777ER
Posted 2006-11-28 07:45:19 and read 18454 times.

Excellent photos. Do you know that the photo from directly under its nose looking up really makes it look damn ugly. Never knew the tail exhaust looks like the B777 rear exhaust

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: KFLLCFII
Posted 2006-11-28 07:58:01 and read 18416 times.

Quoting JetMech (Thread starter):

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jet-Mech/IMG_0849-1.jpg

Interesting to note how the rear-most axle has what appears to be a completely different hub and/or rim than the rest...Any idea(s) as to why?

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: JetMech
Posted 2006-11-28 08:05:26 and read 18393 times.

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 2):
Interesting to note how the rear-most axle has what appears to be a completely different hub and/or rim than the rest...Any idea(s) as to why?
IIRC, the wheels on the rear axle of the Body Landing Gear are not equipped with brake units. I am quite sure that the difference is due to brake cooling fans that are installed on the wheels with brakes. I suspect that all the wheels may be the same design, with the brake cooling fan installed as a separate item  Confused .

Regards, JetMech

[Edited 2006-11-28 08:08:09]

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Ikramerica
Posted 2006-11-28 08:11:40 and read 18382 times.

Amazingly detailed pics, more detail than I've seen so far and really appreciated. There are so many cool details on this jet.

Thanks.

Quoting JetMech (Reply 3):
IIRC, the wheels on the rear axle of the Body Landing Gear are not equipped with brake units. I am quite sure that the difference is due to brake cooling fans that are installed on the wheels with brakes.

Looks similar to the variance in wheels on 18 wheel trucks in the USA, for the same reason.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Scouseflyer
Posted 2006-11-28 09:37:07 and read 18217 times.

Quoting JetMech (Thread starter):
The funny thing with the A380 is that when you view any element individually, you sense the amazing size of the machine, but as a whole there is not really the same sense of size

I know what you mean - my only glimpse of an A380 was one high in the sky over Carcosonne in the summer and it just looked like a normal plane but then you see one parked next to a 737 or A318 and it's a beast!

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: MBJ2000
Posted 2006-11-28 13:29:38 and read 17942 times.

Thanks very much JetMech for posting, really great pictures showing a lot of details. I agree with some of the posters, the nose is ugly, but we'll definitely get used to it...

cheers (to down under)
 Smile

Quoting JetMech (Thread starter):

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Baroque
Posted 2006-11-28 13:51:39 and read 17872 times.

What on earth are you apologising for about the photos? They are staggeringly good. Just as well you were unable to get up close!!

Super.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: SeJoWa
Posted 2006-11-28 13:55:51 and read 17858 times.

Great Pix, thanks for posting! I love looking at the Cyclops sized machinery. As for overall proportions, I'd rather ogle an A340, to stay in the family.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: YUAMB
Posted 2006-11-28 13:59:22 and read 17834 times.

if anyone wants to see it before it flies off in the morning, or at least until they move it
it was parked close to the mound next to the control tower when i went past tonight  Smile

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Breiz
Posted 2006-11-28 14:19:36 and read 17777 times.

Quoting JetMech (Thread starter):
Anyway, here are the photos, I apologise in advance for the quality

Hei, you, down-under. What you should apologize for is the blue sky you dare show to us poor Europeans.
Very good pictures. Many thanks for them.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Baroque
Posted 2006-11-28 14:46:53 and read 17697 times.

Quoting Breiz (Reply 10):
Hei, you, down-under. What you should apologize for is the blue sky you dare show to us poor Europeans.
Very good pictures. Many thanks for them.

B*gger the blue sky, we need a good bank of clouds, but with our recent luck, even a bank of cloud would probably not deliver rain. If they could fly the Whale round Warragamba dam and produce rain, the NSW Government would buy 10 immediately - without IFE!

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Jacobin777
Posted 2006-11-28 15:02:04 and read 17672 times.

Quoting JetMech (Thread starter):
Anyway, here are the photos, I apologise in advance for the quality

Don't apologise JetMech..they are probably some of the best photos (detail-wise) I've seen!! Kudos to you.. thumbsup 

Thanks for taking the time for sharing the photos with us!!  Smile

It is one one big machine!  Wow!

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: SailorOrion
Posted 2006-11-28 15:15:52 and read 17615 times.

Quoting JetMech (Reply 3):
IIRC, the wheels on the rear axle of the Body Landing Gear are not equipped with brake units.

You remember correctly, it can be clearly seen in the images above. I somehow wonder how they will manage the RTO test (remembering the A340-600 issue). Was it already performed?

SailorOrion

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Alphafloor
Posted 2006-11-28 15:35:16 and read 17559 times.

Quoting JetMech (Thread starter):
I know that there are at least two A380 in Sydney threads, but they are discussions without photos, so please don't flame me

It is worth to start a new thread with these perfect pictures ! Thanks for sharing them !!

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: HAWK21M
Posted 2006-11-28 15:41:38 and read 17534 times.

Fantastic Pics.Thanks for Sharing.
regds
MEL

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Astuteman
Posted 2006-11-28 16:20:55 and read 17453 times.

Quoting SailorOrion (Reply 13):
I somehow wonder how they will manage the RTO test (remembering the A340-600 issue). Was it already performed?

Airbus had to perform an RTO test prior to the ELF flights last month.
IIRC (someone correct me) thetest was done up to 95% of the max requirement, so the 100% still has to be done.
Airbus said this was a precaution against damaging the plane prior to the ELF + route-proving trials.

100% RTO will be the last on the list  Smile

Quoting JetMech (Thread starter):

SUPERB photos. Many thanks for posting them.

Regards

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Flymad
Posted 2006-11-28 16:56:24 and read 17002 times.

Quoting JetMech (Thread starter):
The funny thing with the A380 is that when you view any element individually, you sense the amazing size of the machine, but as a whole there is not really the same sense of size.

Yeah. I agree. I was at JNB when she arrived on Sunday morning. Amazing sight. I think the reason she does not seem so big is because of the height of the double deck which seems to fore-shorten her, so she looks rather short and fat. But she sure is one big lady!

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Bobski
Posted 2006-11-28 17:18:52 and read 16620 times.

The photos are great and will come in handy when I build a model of this beast!

Thanks for posting them.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: PanAm92
Posted 2006-11-28 17:26:31 and read 16458 times.

Great photos. now lets see Airbus fly it to JFK, I really want to see this plane up close for myself.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Express1
Posted 2006-11-28 17:50:26 and read 16037 times.

Nice work jetmech ,if anyone complains about this photos tell them to get a life,this photos are first class. Well done.


dave

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Buck3y3nut
Posted 2006-11-28 18:01:15 and read 15874 times.

wow... great pictures... that thing is gigantic...

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Lostmoon744
Posted 2006-11-28 18:07:19 and read 15764 times.

 Wow! WOW. She's a beauty. Her APU must be as big as some smaller biz jets, I would imagine.  cool 

And her rudder... mamma mia. It's HUGE.

Thanks for the excellent shots mate.  camera 

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: MEACEDAR
Posted 2006-11-28 18:18:33 and read 15511 times.

Wow!!! It's beautiful. It is for much better than I thought it would look like up close. Way to go!!!

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: SEAdomer787
Posted 2006-11-28 18:22:08 and read 15452 times.

Quoting JetMech (Thread starter):
I apologise in advance for the quality

It's not your fault the plane needs a good washing  Wink Seriously, you'd think they'd take better care of that exterior considering this is basically the company's flagship airplane right now. Perhaps this is their attempt at an AF paint job??

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: BostonGuy
Posted 2006-11-28 18:40:48 and read 15194 times.

The pictures are great!

The plane is FILTHY!

I'm surprised the French don't seem to show any pride in displaying this aircraft. Of course, as already mentioned, it does fit in well with Air France aircraft.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Likesplanes
Posted 2006-11-28 18:48:33 and read 15393 times.

Can anyone give me some suggestions as to why I'm not viewing the photos?
There is nothing except blank white page space.
Thanks.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Asturias
Posted 2006-11-28 19:00:22 and read 15211 times.

Quoting BostonGuy (Reply 25):
I'm surprised the French don't seem to show any pride in displaying this aircraft. Of course, as already mentioned, it does fit in well with Air France aircraft.

hehe Big grin

It is as if it is already adapting to the Air France livery. Cute.

Thanks very much for those beautiful pictures JetMech! Very much appreciated. Very detailed!

cheers

Asturias

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Likesplanes
Posted 2006-11-28 19:04:21 and read 15119 times.

Please disregard my previous post; photos are downloading now.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: RayChuang
Posted 2006-11-28 20:10:25 and read 14193 times.

Quoting JetMech (Thread starter):
Anyway, here are the photos, I apologise in advance for the quality!

You don't need to apologize--they are SUPERB photos!  bigthumbsup 

I'm surprised that the small amount of people around the plane, though.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Solnabo
Posted 2006-11-28 20:25:08 and read 13988 times.

@ JetMech

Just awesome pics, absolutely no apologize needed.......I LOVE THEM ALL!

U lucky devil U  Wink

Micke//  cloudnine 

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: HB88
Posted 2006-11-28 20:58:31 and read 13580 times.

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 5):
Quoting JetMech (Thread starter):
"The funny thing with the A380 is that when you view any element individually, you sense the amazing size of the machine, but as a whole there is not really the same sense of size"

I know what you mean - my only glimpse of an A380 was one high in the sky over Carcosonne in the summer and it just looked like a normal plane but then you see one parked next to a 737 or A318 and it's a beast!

Great pics!

I agree on the scale issue. Having wandered around a couple of 380s at the assembly hall site, from a distance you find yourself asking what is the big deal, then you walk closer... and closer... and closer...

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: QFA380
Posted 2006-11-28 21:47:55 and read 12919 times.

Awesome pics Jetmech. Will you be working on QF's A380's when they arrive?

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: YOWguy
Posted 2006-11-28 21:49:15 and read 12892 times.

Great photos...thanks for sharing them with us.

I am envious that you were able to get so close and take the pictures.

Cheers

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: DeC
Posted 2006-11-28 22:40:30 and read 12227 times.

These photos are awesome my friend!!!! Thanks for sharing this beauty and welcome to my respected users list!

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: EBJ1248650
Posted 2006-11-29 01:17:53 and read 10766 times.

Quoting MBJ2000 (Reply 6):
Thanks very much JetMech for posting, really great pictures showing a lot of details. I agree with some of the posters, the nose is ugly, but we'll definitely get used to it...

cheers (to down under)

I second this; nice of you to shoot and submit those photos. Gosh that airplane is huge!

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: AutoThrust
Posted 2006-11-29 01:18:40 and read 10759 times.

Outstanding pictures never saw such details so close. The people look like dwarfs compared to the plane.The Tail is just unbelievable big, from mosts angles she is a beauty. Is this F-WXXL, correct? Thanks for posting.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: ER757
Posted 2006-11-29 01:20:25 and read 10740 times.

GREAT photos Jetmech - really gives us an idea of the sheer size of this beast. Can't wait to see it in person.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Cedarjet
Posted 2006-11-29 01:49:23 and read 10519 times.

Stunning looking plane. I love the shape of it, it's just like a 737-200 but with the eyebrow windows of the seven-three as the main cockpit windows. It is actually beautifully in proportion, but looks blind. Ja? I am ze philosphiyr? JA?!

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: JetMech
Posted 2006-11-29 02:58:19 and read 10046 times.

G'day A'netter's  ,

Thanks for looking at and commenting on the photos! I just got home from work and the A380 was parked (on bay 84 / 85 ?) next to a VS A346. I am not too sure if the A380 has departed yet (due to depart midday?), but if any Sydney-siders still want to chance it for a look, get onto Southern Cross Drive (airport tunnel) and follow the green line if you are coming from down south or the red line if you are coming from up north.



I'm glad the photo quality is okay. I did play around with the brightness and contrast before posting them, but that is about the limit of my abilities. It seems that the photos have been shrunk to about 80% of full-size, which may account for the "jaggedness" of some of the lines and round objects. I also downloaded the photos to my profile where they appear at full-size and better clarity.

I actually think that the A380 is a reasonably attractive plane to look at; especially side on. There are two things that do grate with me however. The nose does look a bit ordinary from many angles and Airbus also seems to have a thing for putting as many hideously large canoe fairings under the wings as they can fit; which really reduces the gracefulness of the wings.

Quoting AutoThrust (Reply 36):
Is this F-WXXL, correct?

Yes, it is WXXL.

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 32):
Will you be working on QF's A380's when they arrive?

Unfortunately not QFA380   .

Anyhow, thanks again for all the comments, I am seriously considering upgrading to a better camera and some Photoshop software, and I will hopefully have more interesting photos to post in future!

Regards, JetMech

[Edited 2006-11-29 03:02:54]

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Mk777
Posted 2006-11-29 03:30:43 and read 9721 times.

Awesome detailed pics of the A380 that i have ever seen. Thanks so much for sharing and the photo quality is just fine.  Smile

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: FlyDreamliner
Posted 2006-11-29 04:26:01 and read 9318 times.

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 2):
Quoting JetMech (Thread starter):

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jet-Mech/IMG_0849-1.jpg

Interesting to note how the rear-most axle has what appears to be a completely different hub and/or rim than the rest...Any idea(s) as to why?

Please also note that the side of the fuselage is dirty... c'mon airbus, you know everyone is taking pictures everywhere you go, keep the bird clean.... Boeing manages to keep their demo planes spotless (they have the added benefit of not being white though).... c'mon.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: 474218
Posted 2006-11-29 04:53:31 and read 9123 times.

Great pictures JetMech, they look a lot like, almost identical too, exactly like, hell they are the same pictures you posted in Tech Ops. Their still nice pictures.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: JAAlbert
Posted 2006-11-29 05:27:31 and read 8910 times.

Looking at this plane and the individual jet bridges for each level of the aircraft makes me yearn for my first trip in an A-380. the dilemma this plane creates, of course is, on which floor do I book my seat? (I think the second floor -- I mean, it's a new world up there)

Thanks for the photos. Will be exciting to see a passenger filled plane pull up to the gate after a long haul flight.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Bill142
Posted 2006-11-29 05:51:25 and read 8737 times.

Does SYD have a three door bridge with upper deck extension??

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: Phxplanes
Posted 2006-11-29 06:45:56 and read 8358 times.

Is it just me or is the 380 not that high off the ground for a plane that size. I was looking at the people under the plane and they almost were touching there heads on the belly. It seams like something that big would be way off the ground.

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: StealthZ
Posted 2006-11-29 07:45:06 and read 7944 times.

Jetmech,
Great photos, whilst not a huge fan of the overall shape(love the wings tho) I do appreciate the details your pics show.

For those still coming to grips with the size of the thing....

Big version: Width: 1024 Height: 683 File size: 115kb


The "bugsmasher" in that pic is a VS A346, no tiddler in it's own right.

Apologies for lousy pic quality, distance, heat haze wind and dust conspired against photographic achievement.

Regards

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: JetMech
Posted 2006-11-29 08:02:54 and read 7813 times.

Quoting 474218 (Reply 42):
hell they are the same pictures you posted in Tech Ops.

Yes, they are the same photos  blush . I thought that Civ-Av was the most appropriate place for these photos, but I also visit Tech / Ops quite frequently. The photos were posted in two forums for the benefit of those that only visit one of them. I was intending for more of a technical discussion in Tech /Ops, and I did request that the moderators delete that thread if they wanted to.

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 46):
The "bugsmasher" in that pic is a VS A346, no tiddler in it's own right. Apologies for lousy pic quality, distance, heat haze wind and dust conspired against photographic achievement.

Nice photo Stealth Z  bigthumbsup ! What time did you snap that one? I actually had the chance to go around to bays 84 / 85 to get a photo of the A380 and VS A346, but I left my camera at home as I thought that the A380 was departing yesterday  Yeah sure. When the A380 was parked on bay 57, there was a J* A320 next to it. That would have been a brilliant photo opportunity but unfortunately, I could not get a good angle  Sad .

Regards, JetMech

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: 474218
Posted 2006-11-29 16:21:27 and read 7458 times.

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 46):
Jetmech,
Great photos, whilst not a huge fan of the overall shape(love the wings tho) I do appreciate the details your pics show.

For those still coming to grips with the size of the thing....







The "bugsmasher" in that pic is a VS A346, no tiddler in it's own right.

Apologies for lousy pic quality, distance, heat haze wind and dust conspired against photographic achievement

What was the wind like? I see the A380's upper rudder deflected to the right and the lower rudder deflected left and the A340's rudder appears to be faired? Should I assume the wind was swirling?

[Edited 2006-11-29 16:24:50]

Topic: RE: A380 Sydney Tarmac Photos.
Username: StealthZ
Posted 2006-11-29 21:44:31 and read 7232 times.

Quoting 474218 (Reply 48):
What was the wind like? I see the A380's upper rudder deflected to the right and the lower rudder deflected left and the A340's rudder appears to be faired? Should I assume the wind was swirling?

Pretty much, and was 25-30kn from generally 160 deg so was from almost directly behind those parked A/C


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