GeorgiaAME From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 867 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2242 times:
Out of curiosity, what is a "normal" number of test flight hours for a new aircraft?
500, 1000, 10,000? I'm just trying to place this in context. And again, placing this in context, just how "different" is a 380 from say a 340 as far as development goes? To this layman, both are made by Airbus, both have 4 engines, I assume there is significant commonality in the cockpit. One obviously has a few more seats than the other, but I doubt there is any technological difference between those seats that requires extensive testing. Thanks!
Of course, if this starts an A vs B war, that's fine.
"Trust, but verify!" An old Russian proverb, quoted often by a modern American hero
A319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2148 times:
Quoting Leelaw (Thread starter): IIRC, MSN001 & 004 are fitted with heavy instrumentation, MSN002 & 007 are being fitted with cabins?
Yes, you're right MSN 001 and 004 are doing all the flying.
Quoting GeorgiaAME (Reply 4): And again, placing this in context, just how "different" is a 380 from say a 340 as far as development goes?
At a guess the A380 flight testing is more complex than the A340. The basic shape etc might exist like you said, but the A380 systems are more complicated and numerous, compared to the A340.
Also the A380 avionics are different (don't know how this would affect the timings) and the sheer number of cabin items you have to test is more.
A319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1754 times:
Quoting Leelaw (Reply 6): Does this phraseology still mean completion of flight testing on or about Sept. 30, 2006, leading to certification shortly thereafter, and delivery to SQ sometime in November?
Flight testing is never-ending. That's why Airbus are keeping MSN001. But flight testing for certification obviously has to be complete before certification itself!