aerosol
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A318 First Flight Tomorrow!

Tue Jan 15, 2002 3:05 am

Read it only in Forums! According to the guys on airliners.de first flight is around 10am. If I find a reliable source, I will post it!

Cheers,

Aerosol
 
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RE: A318 First Flight Tomorrow!

Tue Jan 15, 2002 3:29 am

Whats the weathger forecast for Hamburg?
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RE: A318 First Flight Tomorrow!

Tue Jan 15, 2002 3:36 am

Can't wait to see the first pictures in the database. Will any of the members be there tomorrow to take pics?

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RE: A318 First Flight Tomorrow!

Tue Jan 15, 2002 6:09 am

TAF copied below for Hamburg tonight


EDDH 141800Z 141904 17008KT 6000 BKN006 TEMPO 1904 2500 BR BKN003 PROB30 TEMPO 2204 0600 FZFG BKN001

Translates as:
Hamburg, 14 January, 1800hrs,
Wind 170 degrees, 8 knots
Visibility 6 km
Cloud broken 600 ft

Temporarily, 1900 - 0400 hrs
Cloud broken 300 ft

30% probability, temporarily 2200 - 0400 hrs
Visibility 600 metres in freezing fog
Cloud broken 100 ft  Sad

Forecast for tomorrow not looking much better at the moment, but I'll have a look in the morning at work.

Regards

Shamu
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RE: A318 First Flight Tomorrow!

Tue Jan 15, 2002 6:30 am

Thats great, hope there's a lot of great shots posted on a.net.

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RE: A318 First Flight Tomorrow!

Tue Jan 15, 2002 10:15 am

Too bad I don't live there, I would be there with like 20 rolls of film...
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RE: A318 First Flight Tomorrow!

Tue Jan 15, 2002 3:40 pm

I heard about 12 o'clock !
Any info?
I will try to be there...
 
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RE: A318 First Flight Tomorrow!

Tue Jan 15, 2002 5:15 pm

Heard it on the radio this morning. Unfortunately no time, just this morning, location Hamburg Finkenwerder, 130 firm orders in the book, that's it.
Whoever of you can make it there, please shoot some pics and post it as soon as possible.
Regards
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RE: A318 First Flight Tomorrow!

Tue Jan 15, 2002 8:00 pm

Hi everybody,

the Airbus A318 departed to its first flight at 10:10. Unfortunately I was not able to be there, but I am sure there will be more opportunities soon.
The weather at Hamburg was not that good as there were only minutes of sun between the clouds.


Kind regards,

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy FUAirliner
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RE: A318 First Flight Tomorrow!

Tue Jan 15, 2002 9:32 pm

Hamburg weather at 1130UTC

Wind 150 degrees, 12 knots
Visibility in excess of 10 km
Cloud Broken at 3,200 ft
Temperature +01
Dew Point -02
QNH 1018
No Significant changes expected
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RE: A318 First Flight Tomorrow!

Wed Jan 16, 2002 1:17 am

Those are METARs blueshamu... not TAF's.  Smile

A TAF has an outlook for certain intervals and is good for 12 hours plus an additional 6 hour outlook.
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RE: A318 First Flight Tomorrow!

Wed Jan 16, 2002 6:39 am

XFSUgimpLB41X

The first was the Hamburg TAF for 1800-0600, which, even with my basic ATPL co-pilot's maths equates to 12 hours.  Yeah sure

The second was the actual METAR taken at 1130 UTC.

I thought that was self-explanatory; apologies if it wasn't.

Shamu

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RE: A318 First Flight Tomorrow!

Wed Jan 16, 2002 7:09 am

From the Airbus website

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Flight Complete

Wed Jan 16, 2002 7:11 am


From the airbus website, They have pics too.

A318 COMPLETES MAIDEN FLIGHT SUCCESSFULLY
15 January 2002

The 100-seat A318, the latest member of Airbus’ best-selling A320 Family, flew for the first time today, completing a successful mission which lasted 3 hours and 44 minutes. The first A318 took off from the Finkenwerder airfield at Airbus’ Hamburg plant in Germany at 10:11 hours local time (09:11 GMT), and returned at 13:55 hours local time (12:55 GMT).

The flight was captained by Bernd Schaefer, Chief Pilot, Hamburg, with Jacques Rosay, Airbus Chief Test Pilot, as first officer, Manfred Birnfeld and Hermann Schmoeckel as flight test engineers and Bernard Kamps as test flight engineer.

Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Noël Forgeard congratulated the crew on their successful mission, as well as all those who worked on the development of the new aircraft. “The A318 is the ideal aircraft for the 100-seater market segment both for existing Airbus customers and for airlines wishing to join the ranks of some 200 carriers who have chosen to operate our aircraft for their advanced technology and unmatched comfort standards,” said Noël Forgeard.

Berndt Schaefer confirmed that the new aircraft had handled as anticipated. “We took the aircraft from minimum to maximum operating speeds and thanks to cockpit commonality and fly-by-wire controls the A318 handles just like any other A320 Family aircraft,” he said. “We are very proud to have inaugurated our new “wide baby” that will bring all the commonality and comfort benefits of Airbus single-aisles to the 100-seater market,” he added.

The A318 took off at a weight of 57.5 tonnes (126,800 lbs). Around 7 tonnes (15,400 lbs) of flight test instrumentation, including 94 km/58 miles of electrical wiring, are used to record the thousands of parameters necessary for a full and thorough analysis of the aircraft’s in-flight performance. The crew tested the aircraft’s handling using both direct and normal flight control laws between minimum speeds close to stall and high speeds up to the maximum operating speed of Mach 0.82. Evaluation criteria included buffet and control characteristics close to stall, as well as noise, vibrations and handling characteristics at high speed. Handling checks with the undercarriage up and down, and with various slat and flap settings, were also covered.

This maiden voyage marks the beginning of the A318’s flight test campaign. Two engines are offered for the A318, Pratt and Whitney´s PW6000, developed specifically for the new aircraft, and CFM International’s CFM56-5. Today´s first flight is powered by the PW6000. The A318 will be certified first with CFM56-5 engines. Entry into airline service is scheduled for the third quarter of 2003.

The A318 was launched in April 1999 to extend the benefits of Airbus commonality and comfort standards to the 100-seater market. Designed to serve high-frequency low-density routes, the A318 further strengthens the A320 Family’s position as the most versatile, economical and best-selling single-aisle aircraft available today. 114 A318s are currently on order from 9 customers.

Airbus is a leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft seating more than 100 passengers. Offering the most modern and extensive airliner family in the world, Airbus consistently captures about half of this market. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is a joint EADS Company with BAE SYSTEMS.


From www.airbus.com

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