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QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:03 am

Tonight at LAX, DEC 9 at 1045p, a QF A380 was going down 24L when it suddenly slammed on the brakes and stopped right around T3 or TBIT. It appeared to be going pretty fast when it stopped. It then sat on 24L for about 5 minutes before taxiing off the runway and back to the gate under its own power. Anyone know what happened? Or why it had to slam on the brakes so quickly with much more runway to go?
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:23 am

The auto brakes are typically set for RTO, when those activate they don't know how much runway is left so they stop the plane as fast as possible.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:28 am

Anyone know what happen or why was the QF380 takeoff rejected?

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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:58 am

Quoting Triple7X (Reply 2):
Anyone know what happen or why was the QF380 takeoff rejected?

No extra large first class pyjamas?
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:31 am

That would be QF012. It came back due to Hydraulic, finally left at 0130 enroute to SYDNEY now.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:41 pm

Quoting azncsa4qf744er (Reply 5):
That would be QF012. It came back due to Hydraulic, finally left at 0130 enroute to SYDNEY now.

Got a source for that?
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:41 pm

Why always QF with A380? is it the constant ultra long haul effect or something else that QF keep countering with A380 unlike other operators?

Before you start swinging at me, i know other operators had problems, but it seems QF takes most of the share, or at least what goes public.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:19 pm

It could have only been doing around 80kts if it rejected for Hydraulics, (using the 737-800 for that speed margin - just before anyone jumps on my figures) however, with that amount of momentum to stop, I bet it must have felt pretty intense. After 80-90kts, usually the rule is to continue with the roll, as Hydraulics aren't sensed as a major failure. It can actually be more detrimental to stop the aircraft as the braking can cause damage to the wheels. They probably stayed for 5 mins to let the brakes cool down before taxiing off.

I am surprised they didn't manual break though, as if it was around TBIT they still would have time and distance to slow the aircraft down without putting such strain on the break discs.
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:04 pm

Quoting jonnyclark (Reply 12):
I am surprised they didn't manual break though, as if it was around TBIT they still would have time and distance to slow the aircraft down without putting such strain on the break discs.

Autobrakes. When you pull the thrust levers to idle they come on full power (and the spoilers come up). If they were only going 80 knots, they would have stopped in a big hurry with full braking so there may not have been much time to get onto manual brakes.

Tom.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:28 pm

true... but even a small tap on the brakes with more pressure than the autobrakes (which you should be guarding on a take off) should in theory cancel the autobrakes (which should be a natural reaction). (Again, i've only got experience on the Boeing, not the scarebus)
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:47 pm

How are you going to cancel the autobrakes by applying "more pressure", when in RTO setting the brakes are already delivering maximum performance? Turning the autobrake selector to "off" is, to my knowledge, the only way of cancelling RTO. But I don't know what the QF SOP says about these situations, and it's been too long to remember what the book I flew to used to say.

As for not stopping for hydraulic failures above 80, while generally speaking true, very much depends. If the skipper finds a particular failure may compromise the ability to fly he can always call "stop". In really serious cases even after V1. Again, I don't know what the QF procedures are; perhaps they do stop for certain hydraulic failure scenarios on the A380 all the way up to V1. Then again, in this particular situation they could still have been below 80. Unless you were on the flight deck, spoke to the crew or has access to the FQMS there's no way of knowing.

But, above all, why is something as mundane (relatively speaking, I know it's rather stressful for the passengers and comes with some extra work for flight and ground crews) as an RTO even deemed to be newsworthy? Surely, with 4 years of airline operations under its' belt, the A380 no longer ought to command a thread every time it throws a minor operational wobbly. It's hardly as if it decided it was too fat and discharged spare parts down on terra firma, now is it?

[Edited 2012-12-10 12:50:44]
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:17 pm

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 15):
A380 no longer ought to command a thread every time it throws a minor operational wobbly

I think a lot of attention is still given to the A380 because it is a relatively new aircraft, and is quite different to anything ever built, that this is why we are still getting threads about minor operational wobblies.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:14 am

Quoting vaus77w (Reply 6):
Got a source for that?

I can offer one -- a friend of mine was on the flight... He said that the crew told everyone that it was an issue with the hydraulics and it ended up just being an indicator problem.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:48 am

Quoting Norcal773 (Reply 27):
I am no A380 pilot but I remember learning in flight school ages ago when I thought I wanted to be a pilot that V1 is committing you're getting off the ground, no matter what happens.
Quoting jonnyclark (Reply 22):
I'm not sure if you are a commercial pilot, or your level of experience, so forgive my return on this, but that is taught from pretty much day 1 of groundschool to continue the roll at V1 regardless.

The guidance is continue after V1 *unless you believe the aircraft cannot fly*. A runway overrun may still be safer than taking an aircraft into the sky that isn't capable of staying there. Pilots are not blindly instructed to continue all takeoffs after V1, but it's a pretty tricky thing to assess the situation, determine the aircraft is safer on the ground, and reject all between V1 and rotation.

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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:13 am

Quoting qf002 (Reply 15):

I can also confirm this from a source of mine too.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:35 am

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 11):
Turning the autobrake selector to "off" is, to my knowledge, the only way of cancelling RTO.

I guess it depends on the jet. We are taught to "arm" the A/B for T/O but if we reject it's max MANUAL brakes to a complete stop.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:00 am

Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 14):
The guidance is continue after V1 *unless you believe the aircraft cannot fly*. A runway overrun may still be safer than taking an aircraft into the sky that isn't capable of staying there. Pilots are not blindly instructed to continue all takeoffs after V1, but it's a pretty tricky thing to assess the situation, determine the aircraft is safer on the ground, and reject all between V1 and rotation.

Putting it that way, of course! Well-put Tom. Not to mention it'd be a decision made in a split-second.
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:20 am

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 11):

How are you going to cancel the autobrakes by applying "more pressure", when in RTO setting the brakes are already delivering maximum performance?

I believe he meant applying a bit of pressure to the brake pedal. This should tell the computer that the pilot is now going to make the brake application instead of the automated systems. However, given the different philosophies of A and B about who is ultimately in control of the airplane, that may not work for an Airbus.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:47 am

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 16):
I guess it depends on the jet. We are taught to "arm" the A/B for T/O but if we reject it's max MANUAL brakes to a complete stop

Right, but the autorakes were armed when the thrust levers were brught up to take-off power and the aircraft reached the requisite speed...they were then activated when the thrust levers were brought back to idle.

The crew probably did get the autobrakes off because if you let the airplane stop on auto-brakes, the last 80 knots or so feels very violent.

I'm sure the engineer types on here can give you a better explanation, but after a max braking effort situation (RTO or landing heavy for example) you cannot check the brake temps right away as your peak brake temps will occur a few minutes after the event is complete. Sounds like the A380 captain stopped the jet, waited the requisite time, saw that the temps were below limits and taxied the airplane to the gate. I have never got a good explanation if the temps are actually increasing (seems counter-intuitive to my simple pilot brain) or the energy is redistributing to where it is only later being picked up by the gauges as the energy is moving through the gear/brakes.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:48 am

The OP has Qantas in his username so I guess that's why he posted (unless it's because the 747 in his username indicates a disdain for the A380  ).

Otherwise I've read here several times that Qantas was under scrutiny by the press for some reason.
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:09 am

Quoting Aesma (Reply 20):
unless it's because the 747 in his username indicates a disdain for the A380 

According to his profile - he joined 11 years ago - so I'm thinking the 380 was not the driving factor in the name choice.

I would have loved to see this - high speed RTO can be quite a sight. I always get a kick of the 777 and 380 RTO testing videos.

The amount of energy that brakes must absorb then dissipate for a plane the size of a 380 in a RTO is astounding. If he was headed to Australia - he had to be pretty heavy.

Quoting PassedV1 (Reply 19):
or the energy is redistributing to where it is only later being picked up by the gauges as the energy is moving through the gear/brakes.

It is redistributing from the friction point (pad/disc interface) to the rest of the system. That is why, in those RTO's, the tire plugs blow minutes after the stop.

Once they have stopped - no more heat is being generated through friction.
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:26 am

Quoting Aesma (Reply 20):

The OP has Qantas in his username so I guess that's why he posted

No... I posted it because I just happened to see it. Nothing to do with the airline or airplane type.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 20):
(unless it's because the 747 in his username indicates a disdain for the A380 ).

11 years ago, I didn't know what an A380 was, but yes, I do loathe the A380.
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:50 am

Anyone know the registration of the Aircraft in question?
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:12 am

Keep in mind that RWNY 24L start between T1 and T2. So stopping at TBIT is not that far from the roll-off point.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:51 am

Quoting GSPflyer (Reply 22):

I assume that it's VH-OQD as FlightAware shows that it's been at LAX since 06.55 on Dec 9th. However VH-OQL operated QF12 which departed at 01.32 on Dec 10th, so I don't know why VH-OQD has been at LAX for two days. I doubt whether it would have flown out after it had a rejected take off three hours earlier, but who knows? FlightAware shows VH-OQL's last two flights as QF12 from LAX-SYD anyway, so does anyone know whether these are the two aircraft involved?

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/VHOQD
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/V...L/history/20121210/0620Z/KLAX/YSSY

[Edited 2012-12-11 02:30:09]
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:05 pm

Serious braking! I can just hear the marketing dept for that company: "Look at what OUR brakes can do"!
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:08 pm

Every time I see a post about an 380 having problems it turns me off from then a little bit more. Honestly, if I had the chance of flying the 380, I probably wouldn't if there was another reasonable alternative.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:45 pm

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 26):

Are you kidding me? All planes have issues, it is only focused on this aircraft cause it is new. 737's have RTO all the time, but it is never reported cause guess what, its an old plane, no one thinks anything of it.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:06 pm

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 26):
if I had the chance of flying the 380, I probably wouldn't if there was another reasonable alternative.

I have on several occasions on multiple airlines. It is a fantastic aircraft to fly in. Also given the QF32 incident, it also appears to be a very robust aircraft.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:05 am

anyone reference a Liveatc.net clip?? Just curious
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:16 am

Quoting seahawks7757 (Reply 27):
Are you kidding me? All planes have issues, it is only focused on this aircraft cause it is new.

Those aren't the only reasons for my disliking the aircraft. That was just pertenant to the conversation, so I thought I would state it.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:19 pm

In Australia, anything aviation related is always QANTASs fault in the media, regardless of who, what, when, why and how. Im no pilot, but im sure that RTO in caution would be better than flying from LAX to SYD to find out no hydraulics and then.................?
Im guessing that many people always like to put the scare factor in stories/reviews etc, but with the A380 being the largest passenger aircraft to fly and with the potential for so many passengers to be onboard (depending on airline specified layout), if one was crash (sorry) their would be a massive fatality rate over other airliners. Yes I know flying is safe when compared to all other travels, but once again having a story that says 500+ dead in plane crash is alot more attention grabbing than a smaller plane of say any pax (not saying that death of any amount of people is acceptable, i used this as an example).
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:21 pm

Quoting pusserchef (Reply 31):
Im no pilot, but im sure that RTO in caution would be better than flying from LAX to SYD to find out no hydraulics and then.................?

The question to abort a take-off or continue is not a question of if they would have continued all the way to SYD or not. An RTO near V1 (high speed) is a dangerous maneuver that often ends badly. Even if it ends standing up on a paved surface a brake fire on a "heavy-heavy" is very likely. It is one thing for a certification crew to sit on the runway and let the fire get extinguished, but you are talking about lay-people, looking out the windows, hoping none of them pop an exit and start their own evacuation. It wouldn't be the first time that has happened. You are also very likely to cause the replacement of all the main-gear. I'm guessing close to 1 Million dollars worth of tires on an A380.
If you are "high speed" (where that cutoff is is a matter of opinion but 80 KIAS is a common definition) if it's not an engine failure/fire you are pretty much going unless the jets ability to fly is in doubt. Once the airplane is in the air, it is much safer to reset, maybe dump some fuel, come back in for a landing.

If you are low speed, you are pretty much stopping for anything that turns a light on.

In this case, it sounds like they were at a fairly low speed when they started the abort.

[Edited 2012-12-12 15:23:58]
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:00 am

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 30):
Those aren't the only reasons for my disliking the aircraft. That was just pertenant to the conversation, so I thought I would state it.

Your feelings about the 380 are your own matter, this rejected takeoff provides logical evidence for disliking it any more or less.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:46 am

Quoting RickNRoll (Reply 33):

Thanks. Believe me, I do thnk it is a good-looking bird and probably a very well-built aircraft. I have just never been comfortable on planes that large. There's just something about something that large being up in the sky doesn't fit. I know it's stupid, especially because other WB aircraft are very large, but I just feel more comfortable on a 767/a330.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:10 pm

Quoting PassedV1 (Reply 18):
The crew probably did get the autobrakes off because if you let the airplane stop on auto-brakes, the last 80 knots or so feels very violent.

so be it. We are taught, as I said, MAX manual brakes to a full stop. There is no option to lighten up if there's extra runway.
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:46 pm

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 26):
Every time I see a post about an 380 having problems it turns me off from then a little bit more. Honestly, if I had the chance of flying the 380, I probably wouldn't if there was another reasonable alternative.

You'll be taking the B787 Dreamliner every time then, I guess.

Oh...hold on...

United B787 in emergency diversion

Qatar Air Boeing 787 Grounded With Same Fault as United Jet

I'm not flamebaiting. My point is that EVERY single airliner out there has its own specific issues. As an aviator and an aviation enthusiast, I genuinely love every occasion I reach for the skies, irrespective of what aircraft it is and who built it; you should do the same!   
So I drive a 4x4. So what?! Tax the a$$ off me for it...oh, you already have... :-(
 
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RE: QF A380 Rejected Takeoff LAX

Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:27 pm

Quoting Fuling (Reply 11):

Couldn't agree more. Nothing to see here.

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