Widebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 9605 times:
Yesterday seems to have changed the minds of a lot of people on the look/style of the A380 - the size, quietness, handling and so on. The landing was fabulous and the fly-by was like one I've personally never seen before. Having not been a great fan of the nose/two-deck design before yesterday, seeing the full package yesterday certainly put me back in line. The nose design melted into the background. Having loved the look of the 747 approach, the two A380 approaches yesterday eclipse anything I've seen before.
Johnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 9267 times:
totally agree with all of you.
i think it's got something that until yesterday, most pictures were taken from the ground, from a low angle, and that even emphasized its dimensinos. but now you can see pictures of the bird in motion and seeing as it turns, it gives a whole different impression.
If only pure sweetness was offered, why's this bitter taste left in my mouth.
Widebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 8944 times:
Hello again, yeah the whole package came together to form an amazing aircraft - the gear, the nose, the two decks, the engines, the huge wingspan and the livery. On the approach it wasn't even possible to make out what type of aircraft it was until it got close. Every part that previously looked oversized now looked in proportion when it was in the air. And very graceful in turns and rotation. Added to the fact that technically the flight went much better than expected with only some small minor issues. Very very good day.
ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5600 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 8888 times:
For me this bird was absolutely impressing and majestic in flying. I was amazed by the easiness she took off, although she already had 75 % (421 tonnes) of its MTOW. She only needed 1500 m (4921 feet) for take-off. I am wondering how much she needs with MTOW, probably less than any other existing wide-body.
QantasA380 From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 212 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 8575 times:
I agree... my view hasn't changed a bit!! I always knew she'd look beautiful on the ground, and just 'plain' graceful in the air!!!! I've personally never seen any aircraft take-off or land so perfectly in my life, and given its size that's even more amazing...
777D From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 300 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 8289 times:
I really like Boeings however the A380 video that I viewed was awesome. The A380 is a "cool" looking plane. I have to ride on that plane, and sit in the upper deck. The flyby and the landing looked so smooth and easy. I am not sure is Seatac will ever be ready for the A380 but I will find a US airport and fly out of that city.
That was my impression too. I expected it to use quite a bit of runway, knowing it was loaded to simulate real operating weights, but that certainly wasn't the case. Hopefully that'll rid the A380 of the "underpowered" stigma that plagues the A340. From what I heard, they didn't even go past 85% N1 for takeoff, which isn't so surprising considering the engines and wings were designed with the A380-900 in mind.
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 7041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6615 times:
Quoting XFSUgimpLB41X (Reply 9): Anybody notice how far he floated down the runway before touching down? whoops.
That was on purpose. They obviously had no data on how its flares from a 3 deg. glideslope yet - those data will be collected during the test program.
He came in flat and fast and let it bleed off excess speed at two feet altitude, knowing that the runway was way too long for the featherlight plane.
Quoting Jat74l (Reply 20): I hardly think the 380 was loaded to capacity for it's first flight.
Take-off weight was 421 tonnes or almost exactly 75% of max take-off weight.
Rolling 1500m at such a low weight indicates that it must have been on reduced power. The rather shallow initial climb out also indicates that.
It spent four hours at low altitude, mostly with gear down, and I didn't notice that the leading edge slats ever were retracted. In such "dirty" configuration at low altitude it must have had a pretty high fuel burn, most likely over 100 tonnes. Landing at just over 300 tonnes is featherlight for that bird.
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs
SLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5696 times:
maybe it's just the awe, but I must agree that once airborne, the A380 becomes a beautiful aircraft. maybe not the most beautiful aircraft.
think about it, when you see a 747, even when it's parked on the ground, it's still linked in your mind to images of it in the air that help you edit out what may be ugly about a land-bound plane. seeing the A380 takeoff seals the deal for me.
Caribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1649 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5448 times:
I was really impressed with it. It didn't change my opinion of it much except I was really taken by the size of the wings... they are massive!!.. more so than I realized. I had been uh, let's say, uncomfortable with the shape of the nose but since they came out with the Airbus A380 livery I've warmed up to it somewhat. I still don't think the plane is an exceptional technological leap or anything other than just being big but it will be fun to watch, spot and photograph as they land and take off all over the world.
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: I was impressed - it seemed to fly well, in terms of handling characteristics, as far as you could tell. And the pilot definitely seemed to like it. T
26 Jonathan L
: I still don't care for how it looks, but beyond that it certainly is an amazing accomplishment. And of course the look of the aircraft doesn't matter
: A Test Flight gone as per plan.Thats what Airbus says. I guess after seeing the Aircraft perform,some opinions would change. It was undoubtly a fantas
: Shes still one of the ugliest aircraft Ive seen fly, but impressive none the less...my hat is off to Airbus, good work.
29 Boeing Nut
: I have to agree as well. It looked awesome in flight.
: Witnessing the takeoff - and especially the landing - has to rank amongst the most emotional moments in my life as an aviation enthusiast. Her takeoff
: Actually, there has been one, concerning the trap-door of a landing-gear. The alarm said it wasn't closed properly, but the Corvet that recorded the
: Just looking at the sheer size of those wings - they've got to generate a LOT of lift (obviously..) - the A380 has an extremely LOW wing loading (wou
: I was utterly impressed with the A380 when it flew. Good job Airbus! I think the wings are the most unique things about this a/c. The size is so that