he states that winglets for the A380 are a possibility, mentioning they would be around 17 feet tall, does this mean basic research has been done regarding the A380?
also is anybody able to guess what fuel effiency gains this could bring? because I can imagine the A380 in 3 or 4 years time with x ton weight reduction, at least 2% engine SFC reductions and AP winglets and it suddenly looks too good to refuse.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17365 posts, RR: 66
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3705 times:
Quoting Virgin747LGW (Thread starter): he states that winglets for the A380 are a possibility, mentioning they would be around 17 feet tall, does this mean basic research has been done regarding the A380?
My guess is that they do basic research on a lot of things that seem like long shots, a bit like Boeing researched the Muppet planes. Doesn't mean they spent an enormous amount of time on it. Perhaps they just did a back of the envelope calculation by scaling up the 737 winglets, figuring that the wing was so many % larger.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
Virgin747LGW From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3700 times:
well the chairman does mention that he has been sworn to secrecy regarding talks with Airbus which is strange because I thought their work on the A320 was public knowledge, if not the A380 then the A340 would definately be appropriate for the modification.