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Airbus Starts 380 Tests With Pax Today  
User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 57
Posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 22098 times:

As of today (September 4th) and over the coming days Airbus will start it's flights tests with passengers on board. Some 2.000 voluntary passengers (Airbus employees) who were selected from an internatl competition to participate will take part in the four flights this week all of a duration of between 7 to 14 hours duration, including one over-night flight.
These tests flights will mainly be aimed at testing the cabin functions, from seats, to lights, air-conditioning, lavatories, gallies, everything involved in a passenger flight.
I have two friends flying on the over-night flight, so hope to be able to give you all some of their opinions later this week.
Here is a link, only in French l'm afraid (unfortunately I don't ahve time to translate it this morning, perhaps somebody else can or use the google translation tool to give you an idea of the contents).
Good luck 380!
Edit: Sorry! Forgot to add link
http://www.orange.fr/bin/frame.cgi?u...et--une/060904053051.1lh0r5ym.html

[Edited 2006-09-04 08:49:45]


Long live Aer Lingus!
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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1836 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 22093 times:

Nice information! I wish I could be one of those people. The sight of such a plane is enough for me!


لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله
User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1042 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 21932 times:

do they fly to destinations or just circle around homebase?


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User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 21932 times:

I heard they are just flying it around on flights from TLS-TLS. For a 14 hour flight from TLS-TLS where would they fly: one lap around Europe or one lap around the Atlantic?


Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 21828 times:

Yes they just fly around, departing TLS and returning to TLS. Just drove out to the airport as I was wondering if the lucky pax would depart from the airport or from the Airbus site on the otherside of Toulouse Blagnac Airport.

Well funny to see the Departures screen at Toulouse this morning with the following flight:

Departure time: 10:00 Destination: Toulouse! Airline: Airbus Flight No. XL 001 Check-in gate: C31-C32. Boarding open.

See link to live TLS departures:

http://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr/fr/D...=B2C042CD&UIDcNode=B2C042CD&page=3

Flight XL001 is due to arrive (back) at TLS at 17:00.

Quite a lot of TV crews inside the terminal, especially upstairs near the restaurant with the good viewing area of the apron.

The 380 (couldn't see reg. no.) ws parket near the cargo area beside the regional a/c apron at Hall A, so it was amazing to see the 380 parked near an AF Emb 175 and an Iberia CRJ-200. Also great to see the 380 with stairs, passenger buses, catering being boarded, just like any normal flight.


And for it's first pax flight it departed 10 minutes early, at 9:50!



Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlineKnoxibus From France, joined Aug 2007, 260 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 21787 times:
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Yeah I was quite surprised to see it take-off early.

I'm a bit disappointed they could not put it at one of the jetways...

I'm doing the XL002 tomorrow, take-off at 10:00, and we come back at 20:00.

LH crew is taking care of us.

We are using the MSN 002 F-WXXL since it's the only one with a proper cabin.



No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 21707 times:

I'm not a great photographer, have a fairly standard digital camera. So ran out to my garden to photo it, even though planes photoes from my garden are usually just a spot in the photo, my eager pressing on the zoom made me discover my camera had extra zoom I didn't know it had, so got some photos that aren't too bad! Not good enough probably for a.net, so uploaded on my profile page. So here are photos for you of the first A380 test flight with full pax load taken from my garden on this sunny and warm morning in Toulouse.
Enjoy! (I'm sure some better photos will appear shortly). First photo shows it shortly after take off heading north, and shortly later she came back in a southerly direction straight over my house (next 2 photos):

http://www.airliners.net/uf/view.fil...0422&filename=115735793152HBDi.jpg

http://www.airliners.net/uf/view.fil...0422&filename=11573580538l9cE6.jpg

http://www.airliners.net/uf/view.fil...0422&filename=1157358225uRQJxa.jpg



Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 21563 times:

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 6):
shortly later she came back in a southerly direction straight over my house

http://www.airliners.net/uf/536890422/11573580538l9cE6.jpg


User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 21553 times:

Quoting Knoxibus (Reply 5):
I'm doing the XL002 tomorrow, take-off at 10:00, and we come back at 20:00.

Do you know yet whether you'll be sitting in premium or economy seating?


User currently offlineWINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 68
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 21499 times:

Quoting Knoxibus (Reply 5):

I'm doing the XL002 tomorrow, take-off at 10:00, and we come back at 20:00.

LH crew is taking care of us.

We are using the MSN 002 F-WXXL since it's the only one with a proper cabin.

You have no idea as to how many people on A.net will be envying you at this moment.

Hope you enjoy your flight tomorrow. Don't forget to write up a trip report for us all  Smile

Regards,
Wings



Aviation Is A Passion.
User currently offlineAutoThrust From Switzerland, joined Jun 2006, 1595 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 21332 times:

Flight XXL XL 001 - Toulouse

Numéro de vol : XL 001

Type Avion : 380 AIRBUS


Funny designations looks almost like Airforce One just XXL. Big grin

Quoting WINGS (Reply 9):
You have no idea as to how many people on A.net will be envying you at this moment.

Indeed, that is a one in a lifetime experience. I would like to see some pictures of the interior.  Smile



“Faliure is not an option.”
User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 21284 times:

Quoting AutoThrust (Reply 10):
I would like to see some pictures of the interior.







http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...afety+briefing+and+evacuation.html

[Edited 2006-09-04 12:26:24]

User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 905 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 21284 times:

Quoting Knoxibus (Reply 5):
I'm doing the XL002 tomorrow, take-off at 10:00, and we come back at 20:00.

LH crew is taking care of us.

We are using the MSN 002 F-WXXL since it's the only one with a proper cabin.

I guess this is for anyone who's flying... is IFE included? and what about economy/business class/First class is there any difference or anything?

take some photos and write a tripe report!!! AND have FUN!!
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.
I hope to get on SQ's first A380 flight!



to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!
User currently offlineKnoxibus From France, joined Aug 2007, 260 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 21248 times:
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Quoting Leelaw (Reply 8):
Do you know yet whether you'll be sitting in premium or economy seating?

Well since I am a specialist (supposedly  Yeah sure) (between 20-30 on board), I believe I have more opportunities of getting a good seat than the normal Airbus employees who got drafted through the lottery. However I do not know yet my exact location, we'll see tomorrow morning.

Quoting WINGS (Reply 9):
You have no idea as to how many people on A.net will be envying you at this moment.

Ok, maybe I should not mention what I have done through my secondment with the A380 flight test team and aircraft preparation team for the past month Big grin.

Quoting WINGS (Reply 9):
Don't forget to write up a trip report for us all

Cameras and DVs are obvisouly forbidden, but I'll do my best, without infringing the rules, to provide you with a fair view of how the flight went, including boarding and everything, since this time we are going through the airport. (Usually we go directly on-board the aircraft from the "Abreuvoir" at the Airbus delivery center.)



No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 21053 times:

Airbus A380 takes off for first Early Long Flight from Toulouse with 474 passengers on board

Airbus kicked off the A380’s “early long flight” (ELF) test programme this morning, when development aircraft MSN002 (F-WXXL) took off from Toulouse with 474 passengers on board...

...The four ELF tests, which are round-trips from Toulouse, will take place this week and last 7h, 10h, 12h and 15h respectively. The flights will be operated as a standard airline service. One of the trips will be night flight, to cover all types of flight conditions. The shorter flights will route through France, Spain, the UK and Germany. The longer flights will be flown as far as to Norway in the north and to the Canary Islands in the south...


http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...ulouse+with+474+passengers+on.html

...


User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 20447 times:

Quoting Leelaw (Reply 14):

That answered my question...its laps around Europe.



Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlineGBOAB From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 367 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 20416 times:

Passed over Central London at 41000ft 15 minutes ago


Concorde's gone but not forgotten
User currently offlineOldAeroGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3523 posts, RR: 66
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 19282 times:

Quoting Centrair (Reply 3):
I heard they are just flying it around on flights from TLS-TLS. For a 14 hour flight from TLS-TLS where would they fly: one lap around Europe or one lap around the Atlantic?

Does anyone know when the A380 F&R testing that involves flying to different locations to check how well the airplane functions within the air transport operating system, both in the air and on the ground, will be done?



Airplane design is easy, the difficulty is getting them to fly - Barnes Wallis
User currently offlineComet4b From Canada, joined Jun 2006, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 19133 times:

For anyone who is interested ,and may not know about it,there is a web site called Heathrow Television.On it there is an excellent 8min video of the A380
visit to London. There is a lot of great stuff on this site.


User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 19009 times:

Quoting OldAeroGuy (Reply 17):
Does anyone know when the A380 F&R testing that involves flying to different locations to check how well the airplane functions within the air transport operating system, both in the air and on the ground, will be done?

Isnt it already going on, since its been to several airports for 'compatability testing' so far?


User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 36
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 18803 times:

Quote:
Ces tests ne font pas partie des essais techniques de l'A380 pour sa certification de vol, attendue par Airbus fin 2006, juste avant la première livraison commerciale à la compagnie Singapore Airlines.

Interestingly these flights do not belong to the normal technical certification programme. They are only to test the functional efficiency and comfort of the passengers facilities.


User currently offlineOldAeroGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3523 posts, RR: 66
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 18631 times:

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 19):
Quoting OldAeroGuy (Reply 17):
Does anyone know when the A380 F&R testing that involves flying to different locations to check how well the airplane functions within the air transport operating system, both in the air and on the ground, will be done?

Isnt it already going on, since its been to several airports for 'compatability testing' so far?

That's the question I'm asking. It depends on the nature of the tests. If EASA/FAA observers have been on board and the airplane is handled as a normal airline aircraft, then it's F&R testing and counts toward certification.

With these conditions, it could be Airbus fit check testing only.



Airplane design is easy, the difficulty is getting them to fly - Barnes Wallis
User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 18134 times:

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 4):
Well funny to see the Departures screen at Toulouse this morning with the following flight:

Departure time: 10:00 Destination: Toulouse! Airline: Airbus Flight No. XL 001 Check-in gate: C31-C32. Boarding open.





http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...ulouse+with+474+passengers+on.html


User currently offlineAmritpal From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 18029 times:

nice pics, don't forget to write trip report eh


Lost in Translation
User currently offlineDeputydawghere From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 17713 times:

Thanks for the information and pics bud. Damn, those people sure are lucky.


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25 Ringway : This would have been a fantastic site, even at such altitude. Did you happen to see the aircraft?
26 Post contains links A520 : Apparently, and according to TLS airport, it landed at 17:03 http://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr/fr/ArriveeDuJour.asp Edit note: you have to select "Toulo
27 BillReid : Anyone who wants to sit on an airplane for eight hours and go nowhere needs to have his koolaid checked. I fly about 130,000 miles every yearand the t
28 Post contains links Marcus380 : the flight has landed at 17h03 fligh tnr XL 001 to morrow another flights are taking off: XL002 at 10 am this time landing at 8:00 pm (10 hours flight
29 Gman94 : Does anyone know out of interest if the interior that they are testing is one which has been completed for one of the airlines that have ordered the A
30 Cobra27 : Not if you are pulling some geees in F-16 [Edited 2006-09-04 17:46:25][Edited 2006-09-04 17:47:23]
31 Toulouse : Ah come on Bill. While I wouldn't volunteer to sit in a plane for hours either, lots of these people have been working on this project, so that simpl
32 Post contains images GBOAB : I live in N London so only saw the trail heading SW This is the poor quality photo I took
33 Jcf5002 : Lucky grab! Interesting how the outboard engine contrail curls up and over the others... Very 747-like. That'll be awesome to see some of the high-te
34 AJO : 12 hour flights are pretty common nowadays, the A380 should be able to operate one without problems.
35 Post contains images JetBlueAtJFK : I don't know if I would want to be on the longer flights, but I would like to fly those shorter ones, sitting there for like 10 hours to land back at
36 JCS : Knock knock knock . . . That sounds not good... Is there so few trust in the product?
37 A520 : A few comments of passagers heard on the radio after the completion of the flight: - "a lot of place available! feels very confortable!" - "one feels
38 Post contains images WingedMigrator : They call it a wake vortex
39 Marcus380 : Dam, AJO !!! I even forgot how to calculate, I counted 20 hours !! The comments on french TV of the passengers "fantastic silence"... cheers
40 Steph001 : Hi, first of all, congratulations to Airbus for this first flight with pax and to the first lucky passenger and crew. I happened to notice that there
41 Ordryan28 : such an amazing instrument. well, all I have to say is good luck Airbus.
42 Samair : ive only got as far as seeing the a380 fly low south of perpignan in may/june sure is a nice plane to watch though
43 Alphafloor : To see interesting video footage of the interior during flight today : http://info.france2.fr/eco/23872485-fr.php -> Vidéos -> click on "La satisfact
44 Eha : 12Hrs non-stop for F3, so no mistake, 15 Hrs for F4, landing should happen around 10pm.... A bit long for a Friday "working day".... E.
45 Alaskaqantas : these people have been working hard on this project for a long time... it must be such a reward to be able to fly on it for them!!! Although I can se
46 AC345 : Great videos, great images, I was struck by how beautiful and composed the airplane looked at touch down. The take off looked also awe-inspiring, the
47 Post contains images Jacobin777 : merci for the link... quite interesting...an incredible machine it is!
48 DeC : Amazing videos! Does anyone have links to downloadable ones please? Thanks, D
49 Atnight : Excuse us for your boredom experience in flying, I guess you only fly because you HAVE TO, but not because you want to.... But many people love to fl
50 Post contains images FlyDeltaJets87 : If they're all left turns, this could qualify as a NASCAR event. Just like in the roller coaster industry: those who build it are first to ride it. S
51 YULWinterSkies : What else do you want besides being the first pax on the first pax a/c of this size ever made? A day at the beach at SXM included? Think that these l
52 Piercey : merci beaucoup monsiour, tres bien video (I know I slaughtered the spelling, but oh well) Either way, I'm very envious right now. Very.
53 JAAlbert : I liked the video too -- and I can't wait to take my own test flight when the plane is released to the airlines. But really folks, what did you expect
54 YVRlonghauler : I'm fine with that as long as the seat pitch is beyond the cramped 31"/32" range.
55 Post contains images Vref5 : That's not an aircraft-specific option; rather, it depends on the airline that orders it to specify the seat pitch they want on their planes. Hopeful
56 Centrair : I noticed that too. Hmmm. I was hoping for a little more shoulder room at least. Can't wait to see it in person...sadly won't be till I take a ventur
57 Jcf5002 : Lol... I realize that big-man. Don't worry, I got the sarcasim in your reply, but I was just noting how pronounced it looks. I've seen a couple 747 s
58 Post contains images FlyingTexan : A quick check of user’s profile revels: Occupation: Unemployed What, do you fly around all day looking for a job? This is a much anticipated event.
59 FlyDeltaJets87 : So who decided who got to sit in Biz and First Class and who got stuck in coach?
60 Post contains images Leelaw : Charles Champion, in his last official act as A380 program director.
61 Lostmoon744 : Wow. She's a georgeous ship! My gosh. Gave me goose bumps. The cabin looks so wonderfully wide in this test ship! Really beautiful.
62 Post contains links Marcus380 : Being serious, it was a random system for the classes (at least for the regular epmloyees, not for testers). I saw a lucky guy on french TV who got 2
63 Kwcarolma : Just curious to know which a/c are gonna be used for the test flights.
64 AMSSFO : all flights will likely be carried out with MSN002, which is the one fitted with a complete cabin layout
65 Filton216 : Do you think I would get anywhere if I rang them up in toulouse and asked them to be a tester on one of the flights? Let me know as I am debating on w
66 AutoThrust : Thank you Leelaw for the pictures. Great video Marcus380 thanks for sharing. Funny how happy the people were after flight.:D BTW: Good move to change
67 Centrair : Looks like they have no problem with boarding with only two doors. Wonder how long it actually takes. In the video they show the food service trucks a
68 Marcus380 : The second test flight started today at 10:10 XL 002, supposed to land at 8 PM so 10 hours for thsi flight. funny to see that it is a Lufthansa staff
69 Francoflier : I think it's a great idea to pax-proof the aircraft, even if not required for certification. However I think stuffing an A380 full of very enthusiasti
70 Marcus380 : They were ALL Airbus employees, from all sites in Europe. so only 10 % got selected ! The flight XL003 will start tonight at 19pm for a 12:00 night f
71 Eha : Wrong Marcus, 15,000 out of 57,000 employees took part to the lottery. Roughly 2,000 lucky winners... That's 3,5% of the total number of employees. E
72 Post contains images Marcus380 : Thanks EHA... Seems your lucky man works at the right place... Did you apply for the flights - ? I would like also to work for your company ! Where c
73 Knoxibus : I'll make a trip report soon for yesterday's flight, I'm waiting for the official pics to be released...
74 WINGS : What's your first (UNBIASED) impression of the flight? Regards, Wings
75 Eha : to answer your questions... 1/ did not win, 2/ you'll have to wait to get a job at Airbus... 3/ no cameras were allowed. As someone said, the recurre
76 Knoxibus : Well you know me, and you have seen my signature so hopefully it's unbiased. All I want to say at the moment is: - This machine is freaking quite....
77 Post contains images WINGS : Thanks for that Knoxibus, I'm eagerly waiting for your trip report. Regards, Wings
78 JoeCattoli : Wow I would have driven all the way to Toulouse with my car to go on the A380.. I don't know what the hell BillReid thinks but he doesn't seem to be e
79 Post contains images Jacobin777 : yah..me too..i'm going to be checking the "trip report" section now all the time.. I WANT PICS TOO..
80 Post contains links Marcus380 : Hi, it seems to me that more videos have been added concerning the Passenger flights of the A380: http://www.airbus.com/en/myairbus/mu...&searchType=V
81 EbbUK : I want to be on that plane RIGHT NOW so much it hurts. Just to see that wing flex from a window on the inside of that cabin would bring on an almight
82 Post contains images Comorin : How much longer do we have to wait for Knoxibus' TR?
83 EI321 : What are you suggesting, that they shouldnt bother doing these tests at all? Just put the thing straight into service?
84 Post contains images BuyantUkhaa : User profile: Username: BillReid Gender: Male Age: 46-55 Country: United States Location: Utrecht Occupation: Unemployed Hobbies: Sex He should start
85 Post contains images AsstChiefMark : After the first two hours, "flight fatigue" kicks in. When it does, it doesn't matter how much flight time is left because you lose all track of time
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