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First Take-off Of Airbus A380 Due In 8 Days; 20th  
User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 20054 times:

I dont know about you but Im getting excited ~

will take off on the 20th of April for the first time.



8 days are left until one of the most spectacular first flights of avionic history is scheduled. The Airbus A380, the only commercial airplane with an end-to-end double deck, will take off on the 20th of April for the first time.

Only the weather or problems in previous ground test can cause a delay. If all conditions are met, former Mirage jet pilot and chief-test pilot Jacques Rosay (49) can give full throttle on the runway of the Airbus production plant in Toulouse, France, to take off at a speed of 300 km/h.

The highest risk during the flight are expected to be vibrations of the wings, which will be filled with 310000 litres of kerosene, as well as vibrations of the tail section.

The most thrilling moment will be the landing after 4 or 5 hours of flight, when the 6 Titan alighting gears (6 m high, 22 Michelin tires) will absorb the full landing weight at a speed of 265 km/h.


[Edited 2005-04-13 01:22:23]

73 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9966 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 20002 times:

Wow, very interesting news. Where did you get this information from Squirel83? Thanks for the information Big grin

Too bad I can't be there...  Sad

A388


User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 19925 times:

Here is where the full article could be found. . .

http://tech.monstersandcritics.com/news/article_6077.php/First_Take-off_Of_Airbus_A380_Due_in_8_Days


User currently offlineCOAMiG29 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 515 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 19900 times:

taking off apr 20!

thats my birthday (and unfortunantely adolph hitlers also)



If Continental had a hub at DFW with nonstop flights I would always fly them, unfortunantely good things take time.
User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17118 posts, RR: 66
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 19899 times:

Quoting Squirrel83 (Thread starter):
The highest risk during the flight are expected to be vibrations of the wings, which will be filled with 310000 litres of kerosene, as well as vibrations of the tail section.

Well, this doesn't seem to be an extremely reliable source, and in any case I doubt the 380 will be tanked anywhere near full.



"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13170 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 19900 times:

Will there be dummy loads to simulate pax/freight weight in this first flight?
Is there any chance that cable TV channels in the USA will show this first A-380 takeoff/landing live?


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17118 posts, RR: 66
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 19874 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 5):
Will there be dummy loads to simulate pax/freight weight in this first flight?

There will be test equipment but first flights are normally well below full load. Some sources I have read also say the engines will be derated during the first part of the test programme.



"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineAeroVodochody From Czech Republic, joined Feb 2005, 540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 19852 times:

Wow I can't wait! I hope it's on TV.


Try not to be jealous, we can't all be Czech.
User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 19784 times:

Quoting COAMiG29 (Reply 3):
taking off apr 20!

thats my birthday (and unfortunantely adolph hitlers also)

OMG, it's my birthday aswell on the 20th!! Big grin


User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3992 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 19681 times:

Looks like we have a few April 20th birthdays here, My birthday is April 20th also.


Don't give up don't ever give up - Jim Valvano
User currently offlineLHB727230Adv From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 255 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 19618 times:

Can't wait till 2006 when SQ start operating it here in Asia, hope to catch a glimpse of it then. The A380 is a truly enormous aircraft.

Cheers,
Alex  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineMGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 19583 times:

Quoting Squirrel83 (Thread starter):
when the 6 Titan alighting gears (6 m high, 22 Michelin tires) will absorb the full landing weight at a speed of 265 km/h.

Goddamn!!! gave me goosebumbs!!!  Wink
I hope this is true! I desperatley want to see the beast take off....
I'm tired of hearing fake dates... The only place I see it take off for the moment is in my dreams (literally!)

MGA



Que viva el guaro, el dinero y los aviones!!!
User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3012 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 19574 times:

Wow, this will be a very important day in history. Watching it take-off and land (hopefully through a live feed) will be truly spectacular.

Cant wait.
Aeroflot777


User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 19504 times:

Quoting LHB727230Adv (Reply 10):
Can't wait till 2006 when SQ start operating it here in Asia, hope to catch a glimpse of it then. The A380 is a truly enormous aircraft.

Hopefully they put it at the Paris Airshow!  airplane 
 bigthumbsup   birthday   bouncy   champagne   checkeredflag   checkmark   cheerful   cool   dopey 

Quoting MGA (Reply 11):
'm tired of hearing fake dates...

I am searching for a more sources announcing the date!


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7643 posts, RR: 35
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 19473 times:

Crap, I won't be able to see it live... Sad . I'm flying YVR-FRA on the 20th and I have to drive all night to get to the airport.

Oh well, that's life!

cheers,
Patrick



A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineCahiwa From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 19468 times:

A phenomenal ship and a stunning achievement for everyone involved in this monumental undertaking. I love the thrill of a first flight. All the best to everyone at Airbus and the many sub-contractors around the world.
K


User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 19206 times:

I hope someone posts the flight on fl350

User currently offlineTWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 19138 times:

 airplane  I wish I could be there to see it. I wonder how many a.net photogs will be there.

TW



Two A-4's, left ten o'clock level continue left turn!
User currently offlineBrasuca From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 717 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 19042 times:

It's no doubt worldwide TV will broadcast the first flight! Airbus won't ever let such an opportunity of publicity blow over.


Varig, Varig, Varig
User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 18910 times:

Quoting Squirrel83 (Thread starter):
6 Titan alighting gears (6 m high, 22 Michelin tires)

Huh? 6 meters high, don't they mean long, perhaps I did not expect foreign terminology? Big grin



The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.
User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 18862 times:

Finally......and my birthday is April 19th..so if that babe takes off in the morning, it's still April 19th somewhere in Pacifica, so basically it's on my birthday, too Big grin Big grin Big grin


I know it's only VfB but I like it!
User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 28
Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 18145 times:

Is there a source for this?


It's a beautiful night to fly like a phoenix...
User currently offlineSabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2724 posts, RR: 46
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 17974 times:

I've posted a hint to this date 3 days ago in a related topic, yet nobody seemed to have picked it up then... Anyway, I confirm the 2Oth is the target date, but it could be 1 day later (or earlier....)  idea 

Quoting Sabenapilot (Reply 35):
BTW Nav20, have you already bothered to get yourself a new nickname? Because I happen to know the time frame for the testing and thus also the planned date of first flight and as it looks now, not only will that flight soon make an end to your so beloved teasing, but also would it possibly be unbearable for you to have a reference to the date in your name.


User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 17607 times:

Interesting news indeed.. and, guess when I'm having my week off  Wink I had some plans of going to Zurich, but I just might as well take the shot and head for Toulouse. Anybody has info on spotting places over there? I was there once but we never went to spotting places, only to the airport itself, the Airbus plant and the 'Ailes Anciennes de Toulouse' (great organisation by the way!)

Ivan

PS: no birthday on April 20th for me...



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 17081 times:

wow i hope all spotters are ready with their cams to provide some extra special photos.... love it...


Cheers
Matt



There is one problem with airbus. Though their products are engineering marvels they lack passion, completely.
25 Flyba : Anyone else notice the site go down for a while?!? Anyway, as I was (trying) to post before: Anyone know how accurate that date of the 20th of April (
26 Tockeyhockey : wow, dude, my birthday is the 20th as well! this is awesome!!!
27 Kim777fan : Well, as my name implies, I'm not really an Airbus fan and am totally dismayed how the A320 can outsell the B737 the way it does. However, I am quite
28 Flyba : I say again: Anyone know how accurate that date of the 20th of April (next Wednesday!) will be? [Edited 2005-04-13 16:12:27]
29 Starlionblue : I don't think the disparity is that bad really. They are both great products and are making their companies very happy.
30 Fritsz : News from Airbus.com: CREWING UP FOR THE FIRST FLIGHT As worldwide anticipation of the first flight of the A380 intensifies, the final preparations fo
31 MD80Nut : Good, now we have a first flight date for the A380. Does anyone know if Airbus is planning a webcast of the first flight? It would be great to be able
32 Planespotterx : I think the 20th is a reasonable deadline, theyve already tested the engines during taxi-tests, and most likely all the systems and controls. They wer
33 TWA902fly : OMG OMG OMG It's my brothers birthday on the 20th as well.... wow TWA902
34 Knoxibus : What's with the birthdays guys? Anyway, internally, they have always said that they must tell EVERYONE (including press of which 800 people are expect
35 RichardBHX : It's My Birthday on the 21st! So it can be an early birthday present for me... can't wait!
36 Wingnut135 : And yet another reason I miss living in Europe. Maybe if we all hit up Dish Network and Direct TV at the same time they could get us Sky News or somet
37 Post contains images A350 : I hope the photo screeners do some extra shifts to directly accept the photos of the great event Thanks, screeners! A350
38 Post contains images EA CO AS : What's with the birthdays guys? Apparently many people here have parents who were having their share of fun during the preceding summer...
39 MIAspotter : Well well well.... IT'S MY BIRTHDAY TOO!!!! I am seriously considering taking the day off work to see it... but on the other hand I need the money for
40 Post contains images DeltaWings : The 20th. what a coincidence. Thats my birthday.
41 Theredbaron : OOOMMMMMGGGG its my Phd anniversary and also my Wifes Grand Ma Birthday... Does that count? On a serious note....I hope they broadcast it live...certa
42 Birdwatching : Btw, if a well-known German dictator would have been on this forum, he would have gotten in line with all the other A380-April20-Birthday posts. But
43 Adrianw : wow thats my birthday too! Just kidding im in June which we all know is the best month because it means summer. Anyway I hope it is televised on TV th
44 Zvezda : When I was on test flights out of Finkenwerder, we always flew within a triangle over the meeting of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in a block betw
45 Post contains images Nomad : Has anyone here witnessed the A380 doing any high speed runs up the runway as yet ? Just wondered. If any one has it would be those French Frog chappi
46 Post contains images MANTEC : Well, unfortunately it's not mine but it will certainly feel like it to see the A380 fly. I can't wait!!
47 A330 : I've done some test flights on Airbus as well as on Boeing, and I wish Capt. Rossay and Capt. Lelaie a "break a leg"! Test flight are never to be unde
48 Prebennorholm : The least interesting thing will most likely be Jacques Rosay's speech at the press conference after the first flight. His speech was probably written
49 Post contains images RichM : Why don't Airbus tell people when this event will be taking place? (I.e. announce it on their website) I'm sure a lot of people would like to see it,
50 Post contains images MartinairYYZ : Crikey, that's just 3 days before my birthday
51 Post contains images BCNGRO : Any chance for it to fly south beyond the Pyrenees? I guess not... I suppose they don't want to fly over the mountains on its first flight... . Anyway
52 KL911 : Ok, I wanted to say something usefull, but to be honoust, my birthday is April the 18th, and when I wake up after the party it will be the 20th. Does
53 KL911 : I've spend the summer when they did the flight testing of the 340-600 at the coast outside Perpignan. It flew over 3x per day, very low and in wide c
54 Braybuddy : OMG I don't believe it! An A380 post with (so far) no bashers on board. Great to see it taking off at last, and a big THANK YOU to the bashers and the
55 Post contains images BCNGRO : I will definitely have my camera ready! I guess I should be very lucky to see it flying close and low enough for my to take some good picture though.
56 Jacobin777 : Maybe some who are going to spot can get a video cam and take some video and upload it to flightlevel350.com
57 Post contains images LHSebi : Not to sound rude or anything, but in your profile it says you're 21-25 ... Need an update? I for one cannot wait to see it fly! Imagine that wingfle
58 Post contains links and images JBOND : [quote=A350,reply=37]I hope the photo screeners do some extra shifts to directly accept the photos of the great event Thanks, screeners! ------------
59 Post contains images BCNGRO : Wwow, these pictures of the plane already in the runway look great! The pilot must feel tempted to apply full thrust and take off without authorizatio
60 Post contains images FriendlySkies : Is it just me, or do I only see one reverser active in that last picture? Anyway, good to see a date, good luck to Airbus, I'm sure everything will go
61 Squirrel83 : 6 days left yehhh Are there any flight deck photos?
62 Flyba : Well, it looks like it is NOT going to be next Wednesday 20th....... The airbus website has not changed, maybe next Friday 22nd is looking the most pr
63 Milan320 : I agree with you on that one ... my b-day was last week. I was really hoping for the flight to happen on the 7th. Oh well! As long as it happens in A
64 Post contains images A350 : Oh yes, I remember, we already had this discussion. It's a shame. Anyway, thanks a lot for the great pics! I have been thinking the same. The pilot c
65 Post contains images KLMA330 : OK, guess I'll mention that I just had a birthday on April 12th.. so, a belated birthday gift would be to see this thing finally take to the skies! Ca
66 Post contains images BluebellyA380 : it's rather odd that there are only reversers on the inbord engines...
67 LifelinerOne : There's another thread running, saying it's now April 22nd. Cheers!
68 Post contains images AirPacific747 : lol ofcourse there are so many people who have birthday on the same date in this thread... but remember to check out how many people who have read thi
69 Jetsaurus : Well it isn't my birthday but.... Isn't 4 x 20 = 80? 4=month 20=day
70 Post contains images A388 : Very nice photos!!! I saw them at work yesterday A388
71 AirPacific747 : 11.000 / 365 = a little over 30 people who read this thread should have birthday on april 20th.. lol simple math
72 Post contains images NASBWI : darn, looks like I was born a day too early
73 Post contains links and images LHB727230Adv : Correction of date: A380's First Flight Last Update (by FlySSC Apr 14 2005 in Civil Aviation) I guess its now 88 as in A388 Cheers, Alex
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