So far we've had our fair share of "what if" posts, "First flight dates.." posts, and "What kind of animal does it look like?" posts, but to this point, no one has asked some obvious questions:
For the first flight of the A380 (and, for that matter, any new airliner not previously produced), here's a few questions:
-=- What kind of paperwork/approvals are needed in order for them (Airbus) to conduct flight test?
-=- Do they (Airbus) need to notify certain governmental agencies?
-=- Does Airbus have a certain region/area that they take the plane to test in? Do they fly over populated areas OTHER than the take off/landing sequences...?
-=- Other than being a well-respected Pilot, do the flight test crew need to be trained in special ways? If so, what?