I was OK
with the concept of 853 people certification of the A380, but when I read they were giving "allowances" like, testing in daylight, pre-inflation of slides, etc., I went ape! Are they crazy?
Gee whiz, when you have an emergency evac, can you guarantee it will be daylight? Will you be able to "pre inflate" the slides BEFORE you evac the passengers? This is not reality.
If Airbus is concerned about the safety of its volunteers, it will do the following:
1. Conduct a series of tests with crew simultaneously inflating the slides. Do a number of aircraft and a number of inflastions and repacks. Yes, this is slow and costly, but then you will know how the slides will inflate and if they will reach the ground and what issues there might be evac'ing from the upper deck.
2. Gather volunteers to do a slide test. Take your 853 people, one by one and test, break them into the groups that might evac through certain exits. This is to test if the slides actually work the way they do.
3. When they do the actual test, they should test the aircraft the same way Boeing tested the 777: 90 seconds and only 4 doors (half the doors). They need to get everyone out within 90 seconds to get everyone out.
Anything less is a joke, and frankly, would jeopardize lives.
Airbus really needs to rethink this....FAST!
David L. Lamb, fmr Area Mgr Alitalia SFO 1998-2002, fmr Regional Analyst SFO-UAL 1992-1998