Gordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 21 Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 992 times:
opps..I also meant to say that the Press Association were reporting it as well. They are generally regarded the UK most respected media organisation and trusted with reporting of Royal and State events. (Eg Official conformation of a Royal death etc..)
Air NZ From New Zealand, joined Jun 2001, 227 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 978 times:
Thats great I reckon. It will be good when they get them back in the air. Does anyone know when Air France is getting theirs back into service, I know that they have done test flights, but actually flying passengers, also if BA will do it at the same time?
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12948 posts, RR: 79 Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 978 times:
The tests AF have so far done have involved tests to determine the flow paths of leaking fuel around the engines, this took the form of high-speed taxi runs using coloured liquid to simulate fuel, these were carried out in January.
In May, AF carried out taxi and flight tests of the new tyres.
The BA tests on OAF will be to validate the fuel tank liners. Not to belittle the vital AF tests, but OAF's tests are the big one. Success is vital if the C of A is to be returned soon.
Air France are working on the fuel tank liner mods, they started several months after BA and will benefit from the experience gained on OAF. But it is not certain what timetable AF are working to, at this early stage of the mods it would not be sensible of them to commit themselves.
BA's OAE is having the mods done, and OAG will follow soon.
Gordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 21 Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 965 times:
From what you said in your post to Air NZ I take it as written that your bosses are pretty confident that the mods will get the green light, otherwise you would not have started the expensive work on OAE?
It will be interesting to see what happens on Monday, (if anything) With the direction that the wind is blowing from. Will the CAA let Concorde take off on 09R with it's flight path out over London rather than the green fields on the flightpath of the 27's?
Good luck to everyone involved at BA and beyond with the tests
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12948 posts, RR: 79 Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 913 times:
I'm going to sound like a parrot here but, don't do a special trip to LHR until you are sure that there will be a departure. That means if BA do announce it in advance, which may not be likely.
You know I wouldn't give out info unless I was sure it was appropriate, but even I cannot say for certain what day it will be, even if I chose to.
There is still much testing work to be done on the ground.
My advice is to wait for the first scheduled service, we'll know soon enough if there are to be any. If all goes well in testing, that does not mean that scheduled services are imminent, these mods are a big, complex job.
I can tell you that OAE is progressing very well.