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User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2445 posts, RR: 9
Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4419 times:

Just a tidbit for those who don't frequent this website.

http://www.aviationnow.com/avnow/news/channel_awst_story.jsp?id=news/10273top.xml

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User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4296 times:

In the last few months, 7,000 pavement tests have been completed without noticeable difficulties, confirming that maximum load will remain below Boeing 777 levels
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Will be interested to see how the acheive this when the plane will carry way more cargo, twice as many passengers and their bags, and then the size of the plane itself.



User currently offlineBlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1896 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4206 times:

wow, it's quite impressive to see it all actually take shape.

she's going to be a monster.

George



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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16345 posts, RR: 86
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4102 times:

Will be interested to see how the acheive this when the plane will carry way more cargo, twice as many passengers and their bags, and then the size of the plane itself

It will achieve this by distributing the weight across many more wheels.


User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4054 times:

It will achieve this by distributing the weight across many more wheels.
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It doesn't say that it will distribute the weight better, it says that it will be lighter.


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7928 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4038 times:

One of the stated goals of the A380 program was to make sure the weight distribution won't damage the concrete on runways and taxiways at airports. That's why Airbus has a special test rig running up and down the runways and taxiways at Toulouse airport (TLS) that simulates the weight load and distribution of weight load of a real A380; that rig has been in operation since 2001 or so.

User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16345 posts, RR: 86
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3970 times:

It doesn't say that it will distribute the weight better, it says that it will be lighter.

I read the article pretty thorougly, and I don't believe it says that anywhere. It says runway load will remain below 777 levels.

N


User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3936 times:

Ok, I took something different from it, but I can understand your point also

J


User currently offlinePW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 2325 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3770 times:

Thanks for the link Jeffrey!
Nice article. This thing is going to be huge!

PW100

PS. Quite impressive these days, 33 airframes to be produced per month by Airbus for Q4 . . . .



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User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2445 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3632 times:

I shamefully neglected at the time I posted this to mention my unbridled admiration for the sheer fiscal efficiency of this program. $10.7 billion USD (sorry Eurofans, I only get my numbers in dollars; feel free to throw in Euros figures) is an amazingly small total for a program of such a huge scale. Many predicted a program cost of $12-15 billion USD for such a venture. I think that spending a fair number of years defining the A3XX prior to the December, 2000 program launch paid off handsomely for Airbus. Now, I assume whatever money was spent prior to the launch likely isn't included in the $10.7 billion tally so it may be closer to a $12 billion program but still, the fiscal responsibility in this program is admirable. Some of my occasional airplane 'chat' buddies are disappointed there isn't a bigger proportion of composites in A380 construction but I say Airbus is absolutely making the right move here, using only the amount needed to meet their weight targets and not going too far out on a limb with it, given the unprecendented size and weight. Staying with proven alloys wherever possible is the responsible move, to minimize risk and maximize chances of success. Although I don't consider the A380 (or the 7E7, for that matter) a truly revolutionary airplane, it is nevertheless an exceedingly important airplane, one which sets new design and manufacturing standards that I hope Boeing will emulate as it embarks on the equally important 7E7 effort. The European community is well-justified in having a high sense of multi-national pride in the A380. Looks to be a winner!  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1869 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

that's a very interesting article.
Tx for the link.
If you want to see more pictures of the development,just visit Airbus.com
You will find on the A380 pages, a button called A380 Navigator.
Yon a time scale and a map, you can select sites and development steps. You will see press articles and los of pictures.
Have fun
Teva



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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9106 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3289 times:

The A 380 is still smaller than the AN 225. Right?

User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

the an225 has a MTOW of 600 tons. so who knows maybe an A388F HGW will beat that. but i think they currently say 590ton MTOW will be the limit of the A388F, so i guess we have to wait for the HGW/X/IGW/whatever u wanna call it version


10=2
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7912 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3169 times:

That's right, the An-225 is still bigger. Zak already compared the MTOWs, and as far as the overall length is concerned, the A380 fits inbetween the C-5 Galaxy which is a little longer as well and the good ol' 744.
It wouldn't surprise if, in 2006, some people say "Hey, I thought this thing would be much longer than a 747!"
Something REAL big, however, will be the wing span (261ft 10in / 79,80m - around 50ft or 15m longer than a 744) and the wing area (9.100ft2 / 845m2 compared to the 744's 541m2).

NoUFO



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User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2930 times:

Another pic of A380 assembly, in case you're interested - the first wing.
Small: http://www.airbus.com/MultimediaElements/2301.jpg
Large: http://www.airbus.com/MultimediaElements/2308.jpg



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User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1869 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2823 times:

Additional information:
This week, the enlarged road between Langon and Toulouse has been tested with real size mockup.
Even if the truck were driving during the night, it was amazing to see so many people along the road. It was like the tour de France.
If you are near Beauvais, Nov. 19, you will be able to see the Belouga, loading the nose cone.
(Check the airbus web site, for any change on this date)
Teva



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User currently offlineAreopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1368 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2724 times:

Bobrayner: thanks for the link. That picture is startling when you look at the people in the lower left for scale.

In that AvWeek article linked by AvObserver, the figure that startled me most was that Glare accounts for only 3% of the structural weight. That stuff must be really light!


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