Another major milestone was reached in Dresden, Germany, where fatigue tests on the A380 reached 10,000 flight cycles. The test examines the A380â€™s structural behavior by simulating structural stresses over a very condensed period of time. The tests are performed in purpose built hangar equipped with hydraulic cylinders to simulate structural load. The tests in Dresden started in September 2005 and will continue to run to 2008 to simulate 47,500 flights in total, including short and long-haul missions.
â€œThese two major milestones are underlining the excellent progress of our A380 test programme, â€œsaid Charles Champion, Airbus COO and Head of the A380 programme. â€œThe result of the cabin test has shown that all systems were running smoothly. The feedback from our passengers was excellent. They enjoyed the wider seats and the unprecedented feeling of space, as well as the quietness of the cabin environment. Also the tests in Dresden are on a very good track. 10,000 flight cycles is already twice as much as we need for certification.â€
The A380 is the most modern airliner in the world and is designed to carry an average of 555 passengers over distances up to 8,000 nm/ 15,000 km. To-date, 159 A380s have been ordered by 16 customers. The first A380 is due to be delivered to first operator Singapore Airlines before the end of the year.
Looks like the A380 has been gathering some good feed back.
What do you expect her to do? Grinning? I thought that was supposed to be a safety demonstration, and a little earnestness is not a bad thing, really. And please excuse Airbus for not choosing the most attractive LH employees.
Tbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9187 times:
I'm really surprised they're doing a live demo! I can certainly see where there might be a cabin obstacle, but with videos, screens of all sizes and AVOD, live demos in full uniform went out about 1975. Let's get real and have video all over!
"And I have done live demos on DC-8's and 747's; it was state-of-the-art then. And we were ready for flight - no uniform heavies."
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 22175 posts, RR: 59
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9128 times:
Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 6): I think the A380 windows are large but not as big as the 787 or A350 windows but they do look rather large in that image.
Someone explained in another thread that the interior opening is wider than the glass, so it tapers. This makes it seem bigger as light reflects off the surfaces, but the windows aren't much bigger than windows on other jets otherwise.
At least this was how it was explained.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
LTU932 From Costa Rica, joined Jan 2006, 14296 posts, RR: 47
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9084 times:
Quoting BigSky123 (Reply 4): Why only 474 seats? I thought Airbus would install all 555 since that's suppose to be the "standard three-class" layout...
That cabin could have been installed on either MSN002 or MSN007. AFAIK, both of those are going to EY, so perhaps EY chose a cabin with less than 555 PAX, unless this is not the cabin EY wants on their A380s.
Skytony From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7996 times:
I was trying to get a better look at the safety card. Does one have to push a button after moving the door control lever up to open the door? It looks as though there is an extra step to open an armed door than other airbus aircraft. Does anyone have any insight to this? I was just curious.
Lower your expectations! You will always be pleasantly surprised!
MarkHKG From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 960 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7835 times:
Quoting Skytony (Reply 24): It looks as though there is an extra step to open an armed door than other airbus aircraft. Does anyone have any insight to this?
I was surprised to see that too. But apparently, yes....apparently there's some sort of ultracapacitor system that can be activated as the power-assist to open the door if it doesn't automatically open. Replaces the penumatic power assist.
If anyone has a clear scan, back and front, that would be awesome to see.
Release your seat-belts and get out! Leave everything!