Pihero From France, joined Jan 2005, 5174 posts, RR: 78 Posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6907 times:
Five aircraft will be involved :
-MSN001 will explore the flight enveloppe,evaluate the cruising performance, the noise impact,determine Vmu and complete accelerate-stop tests and X-wind behaviour.
-MSN004 will have its maiden flight end of May and will be used for degraded take-off and climb performance, engines performance, fuel and APU system testing, water ingestion and extreme weather conditions.
-MSN002 will fly mid june,and will be used to test the cabin environment :pressurisation and A/C, lighting and water systems, audio and video entertainmant system...It will also be used to evaluate noise characteristics and wake turbulence impact.
-MSN007 will fly in mid-July and from Hamburg will be fitted withb a full cabin.Its role will involve,aside the cabin mods that could be the tresults of 002 tests AND WILL BE USED FORTHE EVACUATION TESTS.
-MSN009,only one equipped with the GP7200 engines will qualify these engines.
Sorry shouldn't be a starter but a reply to the main thread. OOps!
A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10780 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6718 times:
Thanks for the information Pihero. This is exactly the information I'm looking for. Please keep us updated on this, if possible. I am planning a weekend trip with my friends to TLS to photograph the A380 so I hope it will be there when we are there.
Pihero From France, joined Jan 2005, 5174 posts, RR: 78
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6215 times:
GE is running about two months behind certification tets on the GP7200 flying test bed.The first pair of engines will be delivered to AI in june,followed by a second pair in july.
Airbus then will start a 10 month test and validation campaign (400 hours) on MSN009,basically a repeat of similar tests which will be performed on 001 and 004.
This will be tight as the first two aircraft equipped with these engines have to be delivered to EK by the end of August 2006 for a first commercial flight in October.
As far as I know,AI will keep MSN001,to be used for improvements on the family.
Pictues From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6141 times:
Hopefully Airbus will do a better job refurbishing the test aircrafts engines for the A380 then the A340-500 engines they refubished for Air Canada as the one Airbus used to test has had engine troubles ever since delivery and has had 2 engine changes.