prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6125 posts, RR: 55 Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5813 times:
The -900, if it ever is built, is likely to utilize the heavier MTOW and more powerful engines which were planned for the cargo version.
It will still have to deal with the even more massive asymmetric thrust of an outer engine shut down after V1 speed. That will demand even more rudder authority than the -800. The longer moment arm comes in handy.
My guess would be that they will use the same tail components, as they do on A320 and a321, A330-200 and A330-300.
Alternative tail feathers are normally only seen on extreme shrinks such as A318 and B747SP.
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
a380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1087 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5799 times:
You seem to be right. I thought changing the tail size depending on the length of the fuselage was much more common. In fact it is quite rare.
Now it is often said that the A380-800 is to the A380 family what the A318 is to the A320 family. And one has to admit the tail is enormous. So maybe my question is still valid... Yet you are right, no difference among A319/A320/A321. No difference between A340-500 and A340-600. Maybe one between A340-200 and A340-300. But in most cases, the tail remains the same across the families. Too bad cause the longer A380 would have looked slicker with a smaller tail. Maybe if it's 15m longer!
a380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1087 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 5628 times:
Quoting slz396 (Reply 3): The A333 does have a different tail from the A332, you know?
That is true: the height given by Airbus for the A332 is 1740 in the wikipedia drawing of the plane, 1685 for the A333. So the A333 tail is at least 55cm smaller. "At least" because as we know the A330 is slightly pointing down when on the ground so the longer A333 should have a higher tail if both tails were the same.
LH707330 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 431 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3573 times:
Quoting a380900 (Reply 2): No difference between A340-500 and A340-600. Maybe one between A340-200 and A340-300.
The A342, 343, and 333 have the same (short) fin, while the 332, 345, and 346 got the tall one. Even though the 345 and 346 have a longer moment arm, the Trents are far more powerful than the hair dryers on the 342/343. Boeing had to change the rudder on the 748 to a double-hinge to regain authority, despite the fact that they stretched the aft fuselage (1.6m IIRC). My guess is that the 744 was at the absolute limit with its 62k engines and a rudder designed for 43k JT9Ds from the 741, so the 67k GEnX on the 748 necessitated the change.
With the 389, I suspect they'll keep the same fin as the 388, because the moment arm and extra engine thrust will cancel more or less. My guess is that the Airbus guys did their homework and future-proofed the fin for use with the 389 the same way they overbuild the 388 wings for a larger MTOW. That way, if they do go with the stretch, they can keep the production process the same without having to twiddle with anything.