Jafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 8496 times:
Probably a dumb question but is the A380 now flying regular tests, or will every flight be an "event" during the testing schedule?
I can understand that maybe there will be a period of data accumulation following the first flight but will subsequent ones be done "as and when" or is there a published shcedule one can look at just in case you happen to be down Toulouse way and will each one be announced?
I'm thinking maybe it's all business as usual for the workers now.
NAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9909 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 hours ago) and read 8256 times:
I think the good news is, spotters world-wide will have plenty of chances to see the aeroplane later on.
Test programmes for new aeroplanes can amount to a couple of thousand hours and include subjecting it to extremes of temperature and all kinds of different weather conditions. The best way to do this is to fly it over typical airline routes worldwide. And it will make equal sense to land the A380 at those airports that have already widened their runways to accommodate it.
As I understand it, four prototypes are being built altogether (two of which will eventually be sold to airlines). My guess is that, between the four of them, they will be visiting a lot of airports towards the end of this year, and early next.
Places they are just about certain to visit include CDG, LHR, JFK, LAX, SFO, O'Hare, Melbourne, Sydney, Changi, Bangkok, Dubai etc.
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci
Mark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months ago) and read 8090 times:
Bill142-- but I would take a guess that the take off weight will be higher
Yup that's the deal , among loads of other things too of course, like re-checking all the strain-guage and test flight parameter data and so on.
Last week the guys from Europe and especially from Toulouse reporting in here were saying that takeoff weight for second flight would be upped to about 560 tons.
To me this second flight is from an engineering standpoint more significant than the first simply because of the greater takeoff weight alone, they're pushing the thing that much closer to full load so it would be interesting to see not just how all parts of the plane handle it but also how all the flight parameters compare with last week's. Huge amount of data to pore over afterwards, even more investigative and fine-tuning work now than before since now there's already a baseline dataset.
And there'll be way way less global media spotlighting and frenzy and people's emotions running around so high and all, so that alone will provide for an easier ambiance to get more engineering and data-collection work done.
Plus I guess if second-flight does occur in just a few hours' time then those rumours and rumblings of first-flight landing (gear) problems if they did occur may not be all that serious.
Airboeing From France, joined Apr 2005, 223 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7546 times:
Translation of the article from Mark-D :
Quoting ladepeche: ...L'Airbus géant devrait décoller vers 13 h 30...
Take off around 1:30pm... just now
Quoting ladepeche: Cette fois-ci, la durée de vol sera plus longue, près de cinq heures, selon un plan qui demeure confidentiel. L'Airbus devrait naviguer à une altitude comprise entre 10 000 et 13 000 pieds (3 000 à 3 900 mètres), et à la vitesse moyenne de 750 km par heure...
This time the plane should fly during 5 hours, on an confidential route. Flight altitude would be 10 000 to 13 000 ft (3 000 to 3 900 m), with an average speed of 750 km/h...
Quoting ladepeche: Seront présents dans le cockpit les six membres de l'équipage du premier vol...
On board are the same six crew member as in the first flight...
Knoxibus From France, joined Aug 2007, 260 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7400 times:
Second flight is happening right now (well I did not see take off yet but I know the door is closed since 1.00 pm local time). Should last 4 to 5 hours just for a general aircraft check.
Third flight scheduled Saturday this week, and the fourth is on Monday.
From next week, the aircraft is going to fly at least 4 times a week up until le Bourget air show.
They will start have new crew coming in gradually from these flights.
MSN 0004, which is the second aircraft to validate flight enveloppe and attitude in general should have its first power-on today. It should start flying end of May/June I believe.
The good chance for the moment to see the A380 somewhere else than Toulouse, Paris air show, Istres Air Force Base and Hamburg (cabin fitting for MSN 0002 and 0007 during summer) will be rare.
Only from January will MSN 0002 and 0004 will start the early long flights/ route proving around the world, while MSN 0001 and 0004 will do the harsh environments testing (Tunisia, Spin, Canada or Siberia and Iceland).
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
Nomad From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4447 times:
Did anyone catch her landing and what time did she get down ? Was it as smooth as the first ? Tell me someone I really want to know A BLOW BY BLOW ACCOUNT !!!! Don't you just find it so damn annoying when on the 2nd flight you get zilch info yet the first was everywhere !
Seriously any news would be appreciated.
: so does the a380 only have a license to land at blagnac or can it land at like heathrow or what i dont get it
: It's a brand new aircraft! They're still TESTING it. They won't be taking the plane to other landing sites until they are certain that things are wor
: Does anybody know what Airbus is doing with its static A380 model (which will be tortured to death ) at the moment? Will the release any footage any t
: Airbus needs to publish a schedule for spotters. I wonder if we will know ahead of time if they will be coming to ORD??? If anyone knows, keep me post
: I'm in Toulouse end of Sept. A schedule for spotters would be a treat.