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A380 First Flight

Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:16 pm

Hi
To follow up my discussion on the A380 rolling tests. According to Noel Forgeard the first flight will definitely take place in April, he however has not confirmed a specific date.
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Apr 06, 2005 8:26 pm

Well he should know... I guess... if anybody.

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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Apr 06, 2005 8:45 pm

It will take part in the 2nd half of the month, just as soon as the taxi tests that's according to this article from Luchtzak Aviation

The first flight of the Airbus A380 is postponed
Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 @ 8:54 AM CEST by sn26567


Airbus has announced that te first flight of the A380, initially scheduled for and March or beginning April, will be postponed to the second half of April.

Before the first flight additional system and mechanical tests will be necessary, as well as acceleration and braking tests on the runway. These tests will take at least two more weeks.

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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Apr 06, 2005 8:50 pm

I just can't wait to see her fly, it gives me something to look forward to each day ! I shall definately be at Paris this year !
What say you guy's ?
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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Apr 06, 2005 8:57 pm

As I am sitting in Africa my dream of being in Europe for the occasion is remote.
I'll take solace from the fact that it will be shown live(hopefully) on some TV channel and I'll leave my office for that occasion.
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:36 pm

According to AFP (French news agency), F-WWOW was towed today at 14:00 from the Jean-Luc Lagardère assembly hall to the test flight preparation building (nicknamed the "abreuvoir" in French, the "trough", around which all planes in test flight activity are parked, nose in). Coming closer  Smile
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 5:36 am

Thank God...the paint job is finally dry.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:08 am

Is anyone planning to go to TLS to see this awesome beast hit the skies for the first time? Me and a friend are hoping to get there. 747's are incredible to watch and fly on, I can't wait to experience the A380.

I find it hard to believe an aircraft's been made that's bigger than this beautiful machine.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y36/MMSR5/Picture012.jpg



Should be good  Wink

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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:31 am

Quoting PMN (Reply 7):
Is anyone planning to go to TLS to see this awesome beast hit the skies for the first time? Me and a friend are hoping to get there.

You and 22,000 others... Big grin

I considered it, but hey ho.. it's an aircraft, mathematical fact that it will fly, it'll move in much the same way as a 747, and it'll sure as heck sound like an A346.

It doesn't really warrant me shelling out on flights, b&b/hotel et al... It's a mavellous piece of engineering, but I see it as an extension of the last 50 years of R&D, not something fantastically radical: an event that'll go down in history... a la Concorde... 707.... even the 747.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 7:39 am

Do you think any of the news channels in the uk and around the world will be there?

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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:34 am

Quoting Filton216 (Reply 9):
Do you think any of the news channels in the uk and around the world will be there?

Considering that BBC World, CNN and even Fox News covered the "Opening Ceremony" of the A380 live, I would say that EVERY aviation journalist and major TV network would be there for the first flight.

Stupid journalists are probably going to push the whole "will she or won't she fly?!" angle.

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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:34 am

It's funny, I have read some remarks from some A380 critics here who propose that the A380 is just too big to fly and thus will likely crash on take-off.

Ah yes...

In fact, the A380 has the same general dimensions as the 747. The first flight will be a non-event. People will say, "We came to see that?" At a distance the A380 is not likely to stand out. The proportions are similar to most commercial aircraft. The slightly larger scale will not be noticed at a distance. It will be anti-climactic.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:55 am

Quoting Hmmmm... (Reply 11):
the A380 has the same general dimensions as the 747.

A380 Wingspan - 79.8m
Length - 72.75m

747-400 WIngspan - 64.44m
Length - 70.67m


OK not a huge difference, but I wouldn't exactly say they have the same general dimensions. With a wingspan 15.36metres wider than the 747-400's the A380 has to look pretty impressive in the skies!

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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:06 am

Quoting Nomad (Reply 2):
Airbus has announced that te first flight of the A380, initially scheduled for and March or beginning April, will be postponed to the second half of April.

First week in June if they are lucky.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:17 am

I think it is worth the trip. Not only for the airplane but for the fun of going and being there. I want to be able to tell my kids "Your dad watched the first flight of that plane eating grilled sardines and olives". I hope they allow the public some space as there sure is going to be a crowd there.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:30 am

I am aware of the wingspan difference. But from a distance it is the fuselage that you look at. And the fuselage dimensions are the same general dimensions as the 747.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:06 am

Look how close the engin is to the ground in this picture, and also I must add that I still cant get over how weird the nose looks.


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Click here for bigger photo!

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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:14 am

That picture is how the 747 would look if it did not have the hump. However, it might have looked much better, regardless, if the cockpit was on the second level perhaps.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:16 am

Is it an optical illusion or are the bottom row of windows actually tilted down slightly?
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:45 am

I've quickly moved the cockpit up to the upper level. It still looks awkward, but perhaps better?


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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:58 am

I'll try to get this photo up in an hour, my site is down.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 11:47 am

Just wondering how the flight crew will get access to the cockpit. (reason i'm asking if u look at photo's posted the flight deck looks to be in betewwn the 2 floors) would there be a step up.
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:07 pm

Quoting Planekrazy777 (Reply 21):
Just wondering how the flight crew will get access to the cockpit. (reason i'm asking if u look at photo's posted the flight deck looks to be in betewwn the 2 floors) would there be a step up.

Yes, the flight deck is between the two main levels and there are at least a couple steps up to it from the main deck.

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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 2:10 pm

Quoting PMN (Reply 7):

I find it hard to believe an aircraft's been made that's bigger than this beautiful machine.

Nevertheless, the An-255, which is much larger than either the 380 or the 747, has been flying for years and years.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 7:17 pm

Anyone know if Airbus are organising any official viewing area as I'm sure they realise it will attract a lot of interest?

I certainly fancy a day off work to go and see it fly - I think a round trip is possible from London in a day.

Also, to ask a stupid question, I'm assuming it will fly from TLS as in the international airport of TLS and not some private Airbus runway?
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:46 pm

Flyba,

Airbus is planning on big stuff for the first flight, it's been organised since October 2004, and when you look at the reveal ceremony, you can expect some nice stuff.

At least 800-900 journalists, some steps/terrace, and 80% of the Airbus toulouse staff along the runway (or close to it...)

VIPs of course, and a big tent with some live telemetry.

Blagnac Airport has two runways, and Airbus sneaks into one of them when needing to do some flight tests.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:55 pm

Regarding the 380 ... do Qatar and Ethihad have the loads for such a large plane or do they just have the money to buy the prestige?
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Fri Apr 08, 2005 3:23 am

 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Fri Apr 08, 2005 3:59 am

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 10):
Stupid journalists are probably going to push the whole "will she or won't she fly?!" angle.

No. It's only stupid people who know nothing about the media that think we bother with dumb subjects like that.  Yeah sure
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Fri Apr 08, 2005 5:11 am

Quoting Backfire (Reply 28):
Stupid journalists are probably going to push the whole "will she or won't she fly?!" angle.

Don't know about that, but the audience might try to push her back in the water  Big grin
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RE: A380 First Flight

Fri Apr 08, 2005 5:21 am

I heard to day on my local Radio station that the A380 flight will be near the end of the month. Does anyone know when this could be at the end of the month?

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RE: A380 First Flight

Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:31 am

MSNBC:

"The precise date for the first flight has not been set. Airbus says the first flight should take place in the second half of April.

Company officials say the latest guess is that the first flight could be between April 14 and April 19, though this could be pushed back to late April or early May. The maiden flight had originally been set for early April."

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7421025/
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RE: A380 First Flight

Fri Apr 08, 2005 5:50 pm

Quoting Backfire (Reply 28):
No. It's only stupid people who know nothing about the media that think we bother with dumb subjects like that.

Yeah well done Backfire. I'm talking about stupid journalists - ones that happen to get a lot of airtime on various networks around the world yet are practically braindead (Did someone say News Ltd.?) - NOT the kind of journalists who write or present informative and balanced news.

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RE: A380 First Flight

Fri Apr 08, 2005 11:02 pm

Hello all.
Below was a topic starter which should have been in fact queued in this thread.
With my apologies,

This is from probably the people who should know best, due to their contacts in Toulouse and thereabouts.At least they are putting their money where their mouth is, unlike some...
Are they going to get some exclusive access ?
Anyway, this is the link,according to which I would place the maiden flight between April 15 and 27.

http://www.aerospacemedia.com/aerospace/pr_read.asp?id=1256

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RE: A380 First Flight

Tue Apr 12, 2005 10:54 pm

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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:21 am

Quoting Keesje (Reply 34):
The first flight will be April 20.

Sounds fantastic, however does anyone know what the reliability is like of that site?

Cheers,
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RE: A380 First Flight

Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:26 am

I can't imagine it's very reliable. Look at the number of factual mistakes in the article.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Sat Apr 23, 2005 5:10 am

Recived an email this morning from airbus ~

The Airbus team is pleased to include you among the privileged visitors who are offered the possibility to watch the live broadcast of the A380 First flight on Airbus.com. We would like to inform you that there is a strong possibility that the A380 will fly next week. We cannot give you an exact date and time as maiden flights are subject to many conditions that we cannot control such as weather conditions. Therefore, from Monday 25 April, please consult our web site every morning (GMT+2) for more information. Just before the day of the first flight, the site will display pages dedicated to the event, including a special A380 lounge reserved for watching the live broadcast of the first flight.
Find below your personal access information to enter the "A380 Lounge": Login: squirrel83@gmail.com Password: gahv73 Your login and password are personal. They are valid for this event only, and will not allow several simultaneous connections on the day of the event. Please be aware that your company's firewall may prevent you from watching live broadcasts. We look forward to sharing this aviation milestone with you. The Airbus team.
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RE: A380 First Flight

Sat Apr 23, 2005 8:03 am

bit silly posting your personal log in id & password there!

You probably wont be able to watch it now!
 
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RE: A380 First Flight

Sat Apr 23, 2005 8:10 am

how do i get a password?
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RE: A380 First Flight

Sat Apr 23, 2005 8:14 am

Quoting Squirrel83 (Reply 37):
Login: squirrel83@gmail.com Password: gahv73 Your login and password are personal.

Lol! smart move!

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RE: A380 First Flight

Sat Apr 23, 2005 8:50 am

Thanks for that  Wink

..and the Darwin award goes to...

Incidentally on Topic at a French spotters site I visited it mentioned the "local" news was that Tuesday it was going to fly, not sure how accurate this is, but as said before its all down to the weather and timing.
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