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Inside The A340-600 @ Paris Air Show 2001  
User currently offlineAF2323 From France, joined Aug 2007, 122 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8716 times:

I've just came across a video of the A340-600 demo at the Paris Air Show 2001. Yeah, I know, it's been 8 years, and you probably have all seen this demo, but I've never seen this particular video posted here (otherwise, sorry if it is a re-post).
In this video, you can see the demo from outside AND inside. You hear the conversations of the pilots and quite a lot of warnings inside the cockpit.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9i99r_a340600_tech

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User currently offlineTN486 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 935 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8241 times:

Thank you, I have not seen this before. Great flying skill. Nothing like an agile 4 holer to get the adrenalin going. Pity the video quality was not too good or is it my "puter?


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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4864 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8101 times:
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Quoting TN486 (Reply 1):
Pity the video quality was not too good or is it my "puter?

Even in HQ the video quality is disappointing, but the flying display is impressive. I witnessed it myself at the 2001 Paris Air Show.  Smile Too bad the A340-600 was mostly out-competed by the also fantastic B77W, but the beauty of the plane is still showing at its best here.  Smile


User currently offlineAerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2852 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7955 times:

Holy crap nearly upchucked me muesli there watchin those manouvres! -600 is one of my favourites, I think she's quite quirky. That steep take off! Looks like they had fun, thanks for posting this one.


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User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7809 times:

Great video. I just flew LH 340-600 (MUC-ORD) on Monday. My 3 year old had fun going to the restroom downstairs.Very smooth ride over t-storms.

User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7466 times:

Thanks for sharing this. i've got a 1/400 diecast model of this very plane + colour scheme and it's great to see the plane in action. The A340-600 is one of the nicest lookers around and I'm amazed that a quad engine ship can get such a climbout, though it no doubt at very low takeoff weight for that design. The cockpit crew seems almost non-chalant about the whole thing.

User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7215 times:

One of my favorite Airbus,

I have only flown on TG and VS, its not easy to get aboard the 346 since less customers have them though

too bad I didnt experience steep climbs in them, but definitely a steeper climb than on the 343



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User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 665 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7101 times:

I've never thought it would be this hard to fly such a plane during air show demonstrations but god, it looks really terribly difficult. The area in which the can fly in is very small due to the presence of the city and of the landing patterns of CDG which is located just at the side of Le Bourget, so that explains part of it.

But the pilot flying was really stressed by the sound of his voice. And the attitude taken by the aircraft is impressive. Steep climbs and descents, really tight and sharp turn, it does them all. And all that as such low speeds also...

Kudos to the pilots. What a brillant job. I really didn't think the situation in the cockpit through last time I went there. I'm going this year too, it's sure is going to be great.



Cheers
User currently offlineEnginebird From United States of America, joined May 2007, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7050 times:

It's such an elegant, beautiful and quiet plane, I have always loved it. As a passenger I would prefer it over the 777 any day. Have been on several different ones (LH, SA, VS, IB etc.) and have never been disappointed. Will be on another one in August and another return trip on an A346 in October -- really looking forward to it.

Hope they keep flying for a while!


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6692 times:

Claude Lelaie is a genius at doing the A340-600 displays at air shows.
He always does beautiful work, sometimes he makes the 600 dance like a ballerina.

Best of his 600 flight displays I have seen was at Farnborough 3 years ago.
One day he even blew the tyres at landing that week...

Let's see what will be this year at the Paris Air Show. I have not heard of any 600s going.

Airbus Chief Test Pilot friend Jacques Rosay will be doing the 380 demo flights at LBG. Can't wait to see him doing the 380 dance with his big jumbo plane. He does wonderful 380 displays and others too. Lots of experience there.

I hope the Paris Air Show will not be spoiled by that most unfortunate AF447 accident. I hope Airbus will still get a good number of orders.



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User currently offlineTN486 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 935 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4861 times:

I consider all you europeans very lucky to have such a wonderful airshow such as the one in Paris. Is there ever a video/DVD that is released showing highlights of the show on an annual basis? If so, how can one obtain it? For many reasons, I probably will never be able to see such an airshow firsthand (nothing to do with my eyesight  Smile


remember the t shirt "I own an airline"on the front - "qantas" on the back
User currently offlineSeaBosDca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5768 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4806 times:

The fuselage is too long, but I just can't get enough of those beautiful A330/A340 wings.  cloudnine  It's nice to see the professionalism in the cockpit too.

User currently offlinePellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2480 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4574 times:

A wonderful performance! One day I have to get to the Paris Airshow.


oh boy!!!
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4548 times:

Mr Claude Lelaie is about to retire or maybe he is already retired. It is sad to lose such professionals in the field. Mr Fernando Alonso --not to be confused with the F1 driver-- is now his successor.

Mr Lelaie likes to fly private jets and other aircrafts so I am sure he will keep flying and probably also work as a consultant.

I am not sure if he will still be able to fly Airbii though after he retires from the company. I will no longer be able to see his beautiful 346 demo flights.  Sad



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
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