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A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test

Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:17 pm

The Airbus A380 flight test programme reached its 1,000h milestone yesterday.

http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...+mark+1%2c000h+of+flight+test.html

"MSN001 and 002 development aircraft are fitted with heavy test instrumentation..."

IIRC, MSN001 & 004 are fitted with heavy instrumentation, MSN002 & 007 are being fitted with cabins?

[Edited 2006-03-10 14:21:57]
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RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test

Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:24 pm

how many hours total in the test program?
 
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RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test

Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:42 pm

Africa testing, I wonder where that be?
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RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test

Sat Mar 11, 2006 2:00 am

Quoting NorCal (Reply 1):
how many hours total in the test program?



Quote:
The target is to reach 2,500h between the five aircraft by the end of the flight test programme and ahead of certification later this year.
 
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RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test

Sat Mar 11, 2006 2:09 am

Out of curiosity, what is a "normal" number of test flight hours for a new aircraft?
500, 1000, 10,000? I'm just trying to place this in context. And again, placing this in context, just how "different" is a 380 from say a 340 as far as development goes? To this layman, both are made by Airbus, both have 4 engines, I assume there is significant commonality in the cockpit. One obviously has a few more seats than the other, but I doubt there is any technological difference between those seats that requires extensive testing. Thanks!

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RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test

Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:01 am

Quoting Leelaw (Thread starter):
IIRC, MSN001 & 004 are fitted with heavy instrumentation, MSN002 & 007 are being fitted with cabins?

Yes, you're right MSN 001 and 004 are doing all the flying.

Quoting GeorgiaAME (Reply 4):
And again, placing this in context, just how "different" is a 380 from say a 340 as far as development goes?

At a guess the A380 flight testing is more complex than the A340. The basic shape etc might exist like you said, but the A380 systems are more complicated and numerous, compared to the A340.
Also the A380 avionics are different (don't know how this would affect the timings) and the sheer number of cabin items you have to test is more.
 
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RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test

Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:03 pm

I didn't see the official Airbus press release until today:

"Testing will continue throughout the year in the lead up to certification."

Does this phraseology still mean completion of flight testing on or about Sept. 30, 2006, leading to certification shortly thereafter, and delivery to SQ sometime in November?

http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre...items/06_03_10_a380_1000hours.html
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RE: A380 Takes Off To Mark 1,000h Of Flight Test

Wed Mar 15, 2006 2:40 am

Quoting Leelaw (Reply 6):
Does this phraseology still mean completion of flight testing on or about Sept. 30, 2006, leading to certification shortly thereafter, and delivery to SQ sometime in November?

Flight testing is never-ending. That's why Airbus are keeping MSN001. But flight testing for certification obviously has to be complete before certification itself!