mymorningsong
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Dec 2006 Popular Mechanics Article On A380

Fri Nov 24, 2006 6:12 am

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/air_space/4201627.html

Did a search and didn't see this posted. Titled "Jumbo Trouble", it definitely takes a negative tone. Clicking on the Choppy Conditions side section brings up more of the story.

Some thoughts...

- Hadn't heard there was a landing gear warning light that went off in an August test flight. Doesn't seem that serious to me because that's what the test program is for...working those bugs out. This is in the Choppy Conditions section.

- No mention in the wiring issues section about the different groups using different software. Writer seems to blame airlines customizations. I'm still a little confused overall on the fuss that's been made out of this. It's not like airlines are adding things that don't exist on existing airplanes (tv, vod, phone, internet)

- Mentions that Boeing has backtracked somewhat on their view for 500+ seat planes, increasing their projection from 350 to 1000. Interesting.

- One pretty bad quote..."In a few years, the A380 is just going to be an old chunk of metal with old engines" trying to say that any non-composite based airplane introduced now is outdated.

Overall, worth reading, but doesn't really give an objective view of everything.
 
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Stitch
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RE: Dec 2006 Popular Mechanics Article On A380

Fri Nov 24, 2006 6:13 am

Yes this article was posted a few weeks back.
 
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RE: Dec 2006 Popular Mechanics Article On A380

Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:32 am

I think "old chunk of metals with old engines" goes for 748 as well, nes pas?

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RE: Dec 2006 Popular Mechanics Article On A380

Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:59 am

I wonder if Barbara Paterson is a blond and from Seattle? Clueless.

This is not the sort of reporting I would expect from Popular Mechanics.

Is there anyway we can get the mods to delete the Popular Mechanics article? I am no fan of the A380, but let us at least take it on fairly.
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RE: Dec 2006 Popular Mechanics Article On A380

Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:54 am

Quoting Solnabo (Reply 2):
I think "old chunk of metals with old engines" goes for 748 as well, nes pas?

Isn't the 748 going to be using 787 engines? ie Bleedless latest technology super efficient engines?
A380 is just using current gen engines
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Stitch
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RE: Dec 2006 Popular Mechanics Article On A380

Fri Nov 24, 2006 10:25 am

Quoting Poitin (Reply 3):
This is not the sort of reporting I would expect from Popular Mechanics.

Actually, this is exactly the kind of aerospace reporting I would expect from PM. Their aerospace editor loves to run the latest "Area 51 specials" and such splashed across the front page.

I stopped using it as a source of serious aviation news over two decades ago.  Smile

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