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A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Away

Sat Mar 25, 2006 3:12 am

Less than two days are left until the A380 faces one of its most crucial tests. Just found that article, published yesterday:

http://news.monstersandcritics.com/e...t_for_worlds_biggest_passenger_jet


The drill will be carried out in darkness in a hangar at the Airbus plant in the north German city of Hamburg, using employees and volunteers selected from 11,000 applicants.

Each volunteer will get a free meal and 60 euros (72 dollars) for the test, which will be recorded on video from nearly 40 different camera angles and overseen by officials of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

To make the Airbus test as realistic as possible, there will be blankets, pillows and newspapers strewn around the aircraft and some of the passengers will be carrying dolls in their arms as they head for the emergency chutes.

Even if everyone on board is evacuated within the allotted time it is no guarantee that Airbus has passed the test. Only after evaluating the video footage to see if any modifications are needed to the evacuation procedure will the EASA grant a certification.



Interesting to hear 11,000 volunteers applied for the test - quite a large number, considering the risks of such an evacuation.


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RE: A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Away

Sat Mar 25, 2006 3:38 am

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Each volunteer will get a free meal

They probably won't get their free cookie until after they've come off the slide. Upper deck volunteers get two cookies.  Smile
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RE: A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Away

Sat Mar 25, 2006 5:04 am

In contrast to the article above, another source on BBC.com reports that no money will be paid:

There has been huge interest despite the fact that none of the participants will be paid...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4841912.stm


Which one is right?


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RE: A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Away

Sat Mar 25, 2006 5:10 am

They should make this more lifelike and offer monetary rewards to the first 50 or so people off the plane... First 50 off get Euro 500 or so...

During an actual accident most people could care less who they are trampling over to get out...
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RE: A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Away

Sat Mar 25, 2006 5:32 am

Give $ 1 milion to every volunteer come out and you won't find any soul in the aircraft in less than 30 seconds.  Smile
 
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RE: A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Awa

Sat Mar 25, 2006 5:41 am

Hopefully some of the videos will be published.. This I gotta see..

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RE: A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Away

Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:04 am

Quoting Airlinelover (Reply 5):
Hopefully some of the videos will be published

Not if there's something that Airbus doesn't want anyone to see.
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RE: A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Away

Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:15 am

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
using employees and volunteers selected from 11,000 applicants.

I thought employees weren't allowed to participate in the tests? I think I read that somewhere (FAR?) that, at least where the FAA is concerned, employees are not allowed.
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RE: A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Away

Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:20 am

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 7):

I thought employees weren't allowed to participate in the tests? I think I read that somewhere (FAR?) that, at least where the FAA is concerned, employees are not allowed.

Perhaps they're not participating in the evacuation as passengers, but as support staff. Meal and medical services, organizing the volunteers, all that fun stuff.
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RE: A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Away

Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:35 am

With how many persons will the test be done?

BBC talks about 650, but I thought it was intended to be 853??


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RE: A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Away

Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:40 am

Quoting A360 (Reply 9):
BBC talks about 650, but I thought it was intended to be 853??

That is the minimum, as supposedly a customer wants to put that many when the start service of their planes, I suspect EK. The more the better, its not like 800+ seats are going to be filled anytime soon, the market for this plane is rather young.
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RE: A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Away

Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:54 am

I think BBC got confused because a) first news site says test will be done with 850 and b) this sentence from the bbc site otherwise didn't make sense:
"We are happy with anything above that(650)," Airbus spokeswoman Barbara Kracht said of the procedure.

Quoting A360 (Reply 9):
With how many persons will the test be done?

BBC talks about 650, but I thought it was intended to be 853??
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RE: A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Awa

Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:02 pm

Quoting Lehpron (Reply 10):

That is the minimum, as supposedly a customer wants to put that many when the start service of their planes, I suspect EK.

Yes, Emirates are planning to install a two-class 650-seat configuration on some of their aircraft.


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RE: A380's Crucial Evacuation Less Than 2 Days Away

Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:11 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
Quoting Lehpron (Reply 10):

That is the minimum, as supposedly a customer wants to put that many when the start service of their planes, I suspect EK.

Yes, Emirates are planning to install a two-class 650-seat configuration on some of their aircraft.

"Emirates Airlines of Dubai has said it will configure some of the 43 A380s that it has ordered in a two-class configuration for 650 passengers."

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/263847_air22.html

BTW, FWIW, Keesje's [in]famous A380/748 seat count comparisons list the EK two-class cabin as 607 seats.
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