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Dec 2006 Popular Mechanics Article On A380  
User currently offlineMymorningsong From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 98 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3524 times:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/air_space/4201627.html

Did a search and didn't see this posted. Titled "Jumbo Trouble", it definitely takes a negative tone. Clicking on the Choppy Conditions side section brings up more of the story.

Some thoughts...

- Hadn't heard there was a landing gear warning light that went off in an August test flight. Doesn't seem that serious to me because that's what the test program is for...working those bugs out. This is in the Choppy Conditions section.

- No mention in the wiring issues section about the different groups using different software. Writer seems to blame airlines customizations. I'm still a little confused overall on the fuss that's been made out of this. It's not like airlines are adding things that don't exist on existing airplanes (tv, vod, phone, internet)

- Mentions that Boeing has backtracked somewhat on their view for 500+ seat planes, increasing their projection from 350 to 1000. Interesting.

- One pretty bad quote..."In a few years, the A380 is just going to be an old chunk of metal with old engines" trying to say that any non-composite based airplane introduced now is outdated.

Overall, worth reading, but doesn't really give an objective view of everything.

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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30978 posts, RR: 86
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3524 times:
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Yes this article was posted a few weeks back.

User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3440 times:

I think "old chunk of metals with old engines" goes for 748 as well, nes pas?

Micke// Big grin



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User currently offlinePoitin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3394 times:

I wonder if Barbara Paterson is a blond and from Seattle? Clueless.

This is not the sort of reporting I would expect from Popular Mechanics.

Is there anyway we can get the mods to delete the Popular Mechanics article? I am no fan of the A380, but let us at least take it on fairly.


User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4830 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

Quoting Solnabo (Reply 2):
I think "old chunk of metals with old engines" goes for 748 as well, nes pas?

Isn't the 748 going to be using 787 engines? ie Bleedless latest technology super efficient engines?
A380 is just using current gen engines



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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30978 posts, RR: 86
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3226 times:
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Quoting Poitin (Reply 3):
This is not the sort of reporting I would expect from Popular Mechanics.

Actually, this is exactly the kind of aerospace reporting I would expect from PM. Their aerospace editor loves to run the latest "Area 51 specials" and such splashed across the front page.

I stopped using it as a source of serious aviation news over two decades ago.  Smile


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