Qantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5919 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11349 times:
sorry, but anything weighing as much as a full A380 hitting the ground at 150kts is going to have trouble, imagine if the Japanese carriers got this on the D market and loaded it with 800 people and there luggage, the stress on landing would almost be to much to bare.
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QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 10692 times:
Wouldn't Qantas have some sort of insurance agreement - that would state that if the delivery of the A380 to Qantas was significantly delayed that QF would be eligible for compensation due to having to alter it's aircraft operations timetable?
Tockeyhockey From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 962 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7072 times:
maybe i'm being too positive, but a good engineer wants to encounter some problems during testing. all that these problems indicat to me is that the design is pusing the efficiency envelope -- it is maybe a tiny bit too light or a tiny bit too heavy, too well reinforced, or not reinforced enough.
Well there you have it, take what Der Spiegel said and what Airbus said and average the two, and perhaps there is a problem but not as significant as Der Spiegel made it out to be. A bit simplistic perhaps, I realize, but any project of this size will have sensationalism and spin-doctoring.
B707Stu From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 6547 times:
Here's what strikes me as a bit odd in the statement:
"The preliminary findings indicate we are moving in the right direction," said spokesman David Voskuhl on Monday. "No serious problems have been encountered."
An acknowledgment of "non serious problems." Obviously Airbus has mortgaged the farm on this aircraft and is in the middle of a very intense marketing campaign, let alone the chronic Boeing battle. Any "serious problem" with the aircraft would more than likely jeopardize those carriers on the fence about placing an order. I'd like to hear a rebuttal from Der Spiegel before coming to any conclusions.
No doubt the proof will be in the test flight and its ultimate date. Any impact on deliveries will soon be known. Airbus could be in a precarious position. Do we disclose something that really concerns us and alienate potential sales or do we not and if it does turn out major really hurt ourselves?
My gut tells me where there's smoke there's fire. The question is, is it a smoldering low grade fire requiring some unexpected attention or are we talking inferno?