KDTWflyer
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A380 Flight Test Schedule

Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:02 am

Well now that the beast can fly what is the flight test schedule? Any ideas?
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RE: A380 Flight Test Schedule

Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:06 am

Four planes and hopefully just over one year.

Then certification and entry into service.
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KDTWflyer
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RE: A380 Flight Test Schedule

Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:11 am

When will it fly next?
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RE: A380 Flight Test Schedule

Thu Apr 28, 2005 3:59 pm

KDTWFlyer-- When will it fly next?

When do you think?  Smile


They gotta look the plane over --which by now the mx guys have pretty much done already-- and if there is any very light work to attend to then maybe a few days set aside for that.

Most crucial for next-flight preparations --and next-flight systems and flight checkout and experiment/data collecting planning especially-- I guess is poring over the reams and reams of downlinked telemetry and onboard stored data that this flight produced. So that they can start building a parameter baseline for the aircraft, see if there're any areas of concern warranting further inflight investigation right away in the next flight, make a flight plan, and all the rest of it. How many days d'you think that would all take -- probably at the very least the rest of this week maybe?


And then of course there's the weather on top of that -- it's got to be another day fairly similar to today's to make data parameter comparisons between the first two flights as controllable and therefore meaningful as possible.



According to this article (see last paragraph) it'll be a bit of time yet before flight #2 (and #3, etc) come along:

http://www.lefigaro.fr/eco-entreprises/20050428.FIG0262.html
 
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RE: A380 Flight Test Schedule

Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:11 pm

Another question...will F-WWOW eventually be given (or however you want to call it) to an airline?
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RE: A380 Flight Test Schedule

Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:18 pm

Actually Flight #2 could be as soon as late next week. There was an extensive coverage on German TV on this maiden flight and the German chief test pilot said this during an interview:

First they have to check the aircraft and evaluate data sampled during yesterday's flight (more than 200,000 test parameter), then get on with flight testing...2006 is not very far away, and there's no time to lose.
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RE: A380 Flight Test Schedule

Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:35 pm

SHUPirate1 From United States, joined Sep 2003, 1767 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted Thu Apr 28 2005 09:11:42 UTC+2 and read 68 times:


Another question...will F-WWOW eventually be given (or however you want to call it) to an airline?


F-WWOW will not be sold or put into airline service, it will remain with Airbus as a principal test aircraft throughout its working life.

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RE: A380 Flight Test Schedule

Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:47 pm

Airbus yesterday and local Toulouse media said the next test flight is expected to be next week.
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RE: A380 Flight Test Schedule

Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:50 pm

I know the plan is that Airbus will use 4 A380's for flight testing, does anyone know when these will be rolling off the production line ?
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