jetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2927 posts, RR: 4 Posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 82984 times:
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The previous thread had become quite long so a new part is being created so the thread loads easier for all members. The previous thread can be found here A380 Production Thread Part 13 (by SA7700 Nov 18 2012 in Civil Aviation)
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EPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 5257 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 79906 times:
Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 6): The EASA finally released the AD for the permanent wing fix:
Is there an overview available which A380's are already flying with the wing fixe installed? And which are still to be done? Just had an A380 of LH overtake me on the Autobahn A3 last weekend. That was an awesome view where the wings just looked glorious. .
KarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 14536 posts, RR: 39
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 79537 times:
Quoting EPA001 (Reply 7): Is there an overview available which A380's are already flying with the wing fixe installed?
It's hard to track the wing repair, this is what I currently have:
> MSN031 CZ #1: wings currently being repaired in Beijing
> MSN041 LH #2: wings repaired, back in service
> MSN044 LH #3: wings currently being repaired at Lufthansa Technik
> MSN080 EK #17: wings currently being repaired in Beijing
> MSN090 EK #19: wings currently being repaired in Dresden
> MSN095 BA #1: wings repaired during outfitting in XFW, awaiting delivery
> MSN115 AF #9: wings repaired after assembly in TLS, in XFW awaiting delivery
> MSN121 BA #2: wings repaired during outfitting in XFW, awaiting delivery
> MSN125 TG #5: wings repaired after assembly in TLS, now in XFW for outfitting
> MSN127 EK #38: wings repaired after assembly in TLS, now in XFW for outfitting
r2rho From Spain, joined Feb 2007, 2950 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 76377 times:
Quoting Ruscoe (Reply 13): How can you have "permanent repairs" completed before the AD is issued.
I presume these must be "alternative" and "substantiated" or perhaps the airlines involved took the gamble that the repair they were doing would in fact be the final AD.
One presumes that the changes Airbus has incorporated in frames under construction, will be compliant.
I don't have a problem with this but it is a little risky. I'm sure the same applied to 787 battery mods otherwise Boeing could not have got them out the door so quickly!
That's likely exactly what happened, both for the A380 and the 787. Once the content of the AD is known, work was started to be compliant with it so that by the time the AD is formally released, only the paperwork remains.