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FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Sun Apr 05, 2009 11:45 pm

From the local newspaper les DNA (quickly tranlslated with Google):
http://www.dna.fr/france/20090405_DNA005686.html

An A340 was used for the transport of delegations between Baden and Strasbourg Friday evening. Flight time: a few minutes, including landing ...

Forty-two kilometers. This is the distance that separates, bird-flying, the Entzheim airport from Baden. And that's the way that part of the delegations went during the night from Friday to Saturday, returning from the gala dinner on board a quadjet from the French Air Force. Approximately ten minutes of flight (takeoff and landing) on board an Airbus A340-200 designed to make long haul flights.
The aircraft, F-RAJA, belonging to the 3 / 60 Esterel squadron in charge of presidential trips, arrived in Entzheim from Brussels early Friday afternoon with staff of NATO on board ( The headquarters of the organization is in Brussels).
It remained parked much of the day in the park of the airport and it is in the evening that the decision was made to divert a portion of the delegations, from Baden to Strasbourg, not by the road as originally planned, but by air. The A 340 can carry over 200 passengers. It made a single rotation.
According to our records, the aircraft was made available to NATO by France for the organization and logistics of the summit. The rule seems to be that host countries provide an aircraft.
The A-340 is equipped with four engines each consume an average of 7 800 liters of kerosene per hour. Landing and take off cycles, more consuming, are assessed for this trip to be about two tons of kerosene. A minimum of 4 tons minimum for this Franco-German roundtrip.

Any thoughts about it?
No pictures from this in SXB or FKB?
What about Air Force One in SXB this week end?

My first post by the way...
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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:20 am

wow that is a good way to spend some Tax payer money, I think this will be and media headline for these coming days.
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Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:22 am



Quoting Kiqaboy (Reply 1):
wow that is a good way to spend some Tax payer money

That's almost nothing...I heard that the security deployment for this summit was more than 100 million EUR worth.
For f**k's shake!!!, use that money (and the money spent on the A340 fuel) on fighting hunger or disease...The world is just crazy, and politicians even crazier
 
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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:29 am

42km with an A342! Weird...  Yeah sure

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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:03 am

They should have taken this one,
Take-off , get to FL360 and get right back down again all in 42Km.

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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:18 am

Unbelievable how these 'important people' always come away with it. Many normal people even won't know. Until it reaches the press. I hope it does, and that it will lead to huge discussions.
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Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:00 am

You realise commercial 'planes probably never fly their Great Circle Mapper distance due to manoeuvring, restrictions, weather, etc. So, I suspect it was somewhat more than 42km, but I can't tell you what.
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Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:17 am



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 6):
You realise commercial 'planes probably never fly their Great Circle Mapper distance due to manoeuvring, restrictions, weather, etc. So, I suspect it was somewhat more than 42km, but I can't tell you what.

I believe that's not the point.

They could have just taken limo's for only 42km at a fraction of the cost! (Including the stupid amount of limo's that would be used for the VIP's and their entourage).
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Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:24 am



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 6):
You realise commercial 'planes probably never fly their Great Circle Mapper distance due to manoeuvring, restrictions, weather, etc. So, I suspect it was somewhat more than 42km, but I can't tell you what.

Meaning it did cost even more.

Quoting Emptyarm (Reply 2):
That's almost nothing...I heard that the security deployment for this summit was more than 100 million EUR worth.
For f**k's shake!!!, use that money (and the money spent on the A340 fuel) on fighting hunger or disease...The world is just crazy, and politicians even crazier

And i agree with you the cost of this specific flight still was nothing on the summit's budget, and yes, there would be better use of that money, but better not get me started on this  Wink
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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:24 am



Quoting RicciPettit (Reply 7):
Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 6):
You realise commercial 'planes probably never fly their Great Circle Mapper distance due to manoeuvring, restrictions, weather, etc. So, I suspect it was somewhat more than 42km, but I can't tell you what.

I believe that's not the point.

A lot of A.nutters wrongly believe that aircraft fly the Great Circle Mapper when very often they do not. I did not talk about the logicality of flying when it is such a short distance. I simply simply said it would not have been 42km as stated.
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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:17 pm

The more I think about it and the less it makes sense.... Once they arrived in SXB, they had to get to their hotels somewhere in the city (I can't imagine that they stayed next to the airport and I don't even think that there is something which could be called a hotel there).... The city is 15kms from the airport (in the opposite direction of Baden Baden).... Sounds really eco friendly and a waste of time.

On the other side, I'm surprised that no one made a joke like "on such a distance, did the a340 ever take off?"... I'm doing it myself  Smile

I've seen a good picture of AF1 arriving in SXB on Flickr, I'll post the link later.
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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:02 pm

I wonder if the delegates were ever caught on record discussing "global warming", etc. Would love to see them defend this joyride.
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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:15 pm

Either way, not that silly at all. A chance to get a lot of very important people with a lot off pull on to an A340.

Good marketing if you ask me for Airbus.
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Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:24 pm



Quoting Emptyarm (Reply 2):
I heard that the security deployment for this summit was more than 100 million EUR worth.
For f**k's shake!!!, use that money (and the money spent on the A340 fuel) on fighting hunger or disease...The world is just crazy, and politicians even crazier

Sadly those money were pretty much required, thanks to the antics of these loonies:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-strasbourg-buildings-1662587.html
 
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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:28 pm



Quoting Arniepie (Reply 4):
They should have taken this one,
Take-off , get to FL360 and get right back down again all in 42Km.

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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:05 pm

Got almost grilled via e-mail by one person knwoing better for my remarks about the 54km flight of this one.


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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:07 pm

man!

politicians,

no matter what country they are from they always seem to
be so out of touch with common man (or woman) on the street.

The aircraft should of flew 50km but open the doors at 42km &
f*****d the whole lot of them out!

i'm guessing it wasn't the green party then!

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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:11 pm

On the other hand whom of you would say no for flying on this bird only 10mins and that for free?!?!?

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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:14 pm



Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 3):
42km with an A342!

Many A340s take that far just to get airborne.

After all, some call it taxiing. A340 pilots call it a derated takeoff.  Big grin
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RE: FKB - SXB (42kms) On An A340

Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:34 pm



Quoting Arniepie (Reply 4):
Take-off , get to FL360 and get right back down again all in 42Km.

I don't think they usually go as high as FL360 during the parabolas. When I flew it they started them at level flight at FL200-250, climbed for around 20 seconds under full power and then went for another 20 seconds in 0-g (meaning 10 seconds in the upward portion of the parabola). I don't think an A300 can climb 11,000 feet in 30 seconds, with 10 of those seconds essentially unpowered.
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Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:42 am

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