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A380 First Flight  
User currently offlineWelwitschia From Namibia, joined Mar 2005, 27 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 13267 times:

Hi
To follow up my discussion on the A380 rolling tests. According to Noel Forgeard the first flight will definitely take place in April, he however has not confirmed a specific date.

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User currently offlineMotorHussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3213 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13160 times:

Well he should know... I guess... if anybody.

MH



come visit the south pacific
User currently offlineNomad From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13109 times:

It will take part in the 2nd half of the month, just as soon as the taxi tests that's according to this article from Luchtzak Aviation

The first flight of the Airbus A380 is postponed
Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 @ 8:54 AM CEST by sn26567


Airbus has announced that te first flight of the A380, initially scheduled for and March or beginning April, will be postponed to the second half of April.

Before the first flight additional system and mechanical tests will be necessary, as well as acceleration and braking tests on the runway. These tests will take at least two more weeks.

Nomad  Cool


User currently offlineNomad From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13075 times:

I just can't wait to see her fly, it gives me something to look forward to each day ! I shall definately be at Paris this year !
What say you guy's ?
Nomad  Cool


User currently offlineWelwitschia From Namibia, joined Mar 2005, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13046 times:

As I am sitting in Africa my dream of being in Europe for the occasion is remote.
I'll take solace from the fact that it will be shown live(hopefully) on some TV channel and I'll leave my office for that occasion.


User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12811 times:

According to AFP (French news agency), F-WWOW was towed today at 14:00 from the Jean-Luc Lagardère assembly hall to the test flight preparation building (nicknamed the "abreuvoir" in French, the "trough", around which all planes in test flight activity are parked, nose in). Coming closer  Smile

User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 12477 times:

Thank God...the paint job is finally dry.

User currently offlinePMN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 563 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 12385 times:

Is anyone planning to go to TLS to see this awesome beast hit the skies for the first time? Me and a friend are hoping to get there. 747's are incredible to watch and fly on, I can't wait to experience the A380.

I find it hard to believe an aircraft's been made that's bigger than this beautiful machine.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y36/MMSR5/Picture012.jpg



Should be good  Wink

Paul



Edith in his bed, a plane in the rain is humming, the wires in the walls are humming some song - some mysterious song
User currently offlineHenny From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 12304 times:

Quoting PMN (Reply 7):
Is anyone planning to go to TLS to see this awesome beast hit the skies for the first time? Me and a friend are hoping to get there.

You and 22,000 others... Big grin

I considered it, but hey ho.. it's an aircraft, mathematical fact that it will fly, it'll move in much the same way as a 747, and it'll sure as heck sound like an A346.

It doesn't really warrant me shelling out on flights, b&b/hotel et al... It's a mavellous piece of engineering, but I see it as an extension of the last 50 years of R&D, not something fantastically radical: an event that'll go down in history... a la Concorde... 707.... even the 747.



3, 2, 1... Now!
User currently offlineFilton216 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12163 times:

Do you think any of the news channels in the uk and around the world will be there?

filton216



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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11752 times:

Quoting Filton216 (Reply 9):
Do you think any of the news channels in the uk and around the world will be there?

Considering that BBC World, CNN and even Fox News covered the "Opening Ceremony" of the A380 live, I would say that EVERY aviation journalist and major TV network would be there for the first flight.

Stupid journalists are probably going to push the whole "will she or won't she fly?!" angle.

QFF


User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11753 times:

It's funny, I have read some remarks from some A380 critics here who propose that the A380 is just too big to fly and thus will likely crash on take-off.

Ah yes...

In fact, the A380 has the same general dimensions as the 747. The first flight will be a non-event. People will say, "We came to see that?" At a distance the A380 is not likely to stand out. The proportions are similar to most commercial aircraft. The slightly larger scale will not be noticed at a distance. It will be anti-climactic.



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User currently offlinePMN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 563 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11555 times:

Quoting Hmmmm... (Reply 11):
the A380 has the same general dimensions as the 747.

A380 Wingspan - 79.8m
Length - 72.75m

747-400 WIngspan - 64.44m
Length - 70.67m


OK not a huge difference, but I wouldn't exactly say they have the same general dimensions. With a wingspan 15.36metres wider than the 747-400's the A380 has to look pretty impressive in the skies!

Paul



Edith in his bed, a plane in the rain is humming, the wires in the walls are humming some song - some mysterious song
User currently offlineGlideslope From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1618 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11453 times:

Quoting Nomad (Reply 2):
Airbus has announced that te first flight of the A380, initially scheduled for and March or beginning April, will be postponed to the second half of April.

First week in June if they are lucky.



To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.” Sun Tzu
User currently offlineVelasco From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11341 times:

I think it is worth the trip. Not only for the airplane but for the fun of going and being there. I want to be able to tell my kids "Your dad watched the first flight of that plane eating grilled sardines and olives". I hope they allow the public some space as there sure is going to be a crowd there.


Lisboa-Rio on the A340... São Pedro e São Paulo down below...
User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11225 times:

I am aware of the wingspan difference. But from a distance it is the fuselage that you look at. And the fuselage dimensions are the same general dimensions as the 747.


An optimist robs himself of the joy of being pleasantly surprised
User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10917 times:

Look how close the engin is to the ground in this picture, and also I must add that I still cant get over how weird the nose looks.


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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © French Frogs AirSlides



User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10842 times:

That picture is how the 747 would look if it did not have the hump. However, it might have looked much better, regardless, if the cockpit was on the second level perhaps.


An optimist robs himself of the joy of being pleasantly surprised
User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4335 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10825 times:

Is it an optical illusion or are the bottom row of windows actually tilted down slightly?


My other home is a Piper Cherokee 180C
User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10583 times:

I've quickly moved the cockpit up to the upper level. It still looks awkward, but perhaps better?





An optimist robs himself of the joy of being pleasantly surprised
User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10462 times:

I'll try to get this photo up in an hour, my site is down.


An optimist robs himself of the joy of being pleasantly surprised
User currently offlinePlanekrazy777 From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 10064 times:

Just wondering how the flight crew will get access to the cockpit. (reason i'm asking if u look at photo's posted the flight deck looks to be in betewwn the 2 floors) would there be a step up.

User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 9925 times:

Quoting Planekrazy777 (Reply 21):
Just wondering how the flight crew will get access to the cockpit. (reason i'm asking if u look at photo's posted the flight deck looks to be in betewwn the 2 floors) would there be a step up.

Yes, the flight deck is between the two main levels and there are at least a couple steps up to it from the main deck.

-Q



Long live the A330!
User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17054 posts, RR: 67
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9046 times:

Quoting PMN (Reply 7):

I find it hard to believe an aircraft's been made that's bigger than this beautiful machine.

Nevertheless, the An-255, which is much larger than either the 380 or the 747, has been flying for years and years.



"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineFlyba From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6946 times:

Anyone know if Airbus are organising any official viewing area as I'm sure they realise it will attract a lot of interest?

I certainly fancy a day off work to go and see it fly - I think a round trip is possible from London in a day.

Also, to ask a stupid question, I'm assuming it will fly from TLS as in the international airport of TLS and not some private Airbus runway?


25 Knoxibus : Flyba, Airbus is planning on big stuff for the first flight, it's been organised since October 2004, and when you look at the reveal ceremony, you can
26 Amirs : Regarding the 380 ... do Qatar and Ethihad have the loads for such a large plane or do they just have the money to buy the prestige?
27 Post contains links Maddy : Some interesting news: http://www.airbus.com/airbus4u/articles_detail.asp?ae_id=1687
28 Post contains images Backfire : No. It's only stupid people who know nothing about the media that think we bother with dumb subjects like that.
29 Post contains images Starlionblue : Don't know about that, but the audience might try to push her back in the water
30 Filton216 : I heard to day on my local Radio station that the A380 flight will be near the end of the month. Does anyone know when this could be at the end of the
31 Post contains links Leelaw : MSNBC: "The precise date for the first flight has not been set. Airbus says the first flight should take place in the second half of April. Company of
32 QANTASFOREVER : Yeah well done Backfire. I'm talking about stupid journalists - ones that happen to get a lot of airtime on various networks around the world yet are
33 Post contains links Pihero : Hello all. Below was a topic starter which should have been in fact queued in this thread. With my apologies, This is from probably the people who sho
34 Post contains links Keesje : The first flight will be April 20. http://tech.monstersandcritics.com/n...e-off_Of_Airbus_A380_Due_in_8_Days
35 IanatSTN : Sounds fantastic, however does anyone know what the reliability is like of that site? Cheers, Ian.
36 RedFlyer : I can't imagine it's very reliable. Look at the number of factual mistakes in the article.
37 Squirrel83 : Recived an email this morning from airbus ~ The Airbus team is pleased to include you among the privileged visitors who are offered the possibility to
38 Richard28 : bit silly posting your personal log in id & password there! You probably wont be able to watch it now!
39 Birdwatching : how do i get a password?
40 KL911 : Lol! smart move! KL911
41 Post contains images Planespotterx : Thanks for that ..and the Darwin award goes to... Incidentally on Topic at a French spotters site I visited it mentioned the "local" news was that Tue
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