Virgin747LGW
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AP Winglets On The A380?

Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:07 am

after listening to the podcast with Aviation Partners chairman found here

http://iagblog.podomatic.com/player/web/2008-06-25T11_34_15-07_00

he states that winglets for the A380 are a possibility, mentioning they would be around 17 feet tall, does this mean basic research has been done regarding the A380?

also is anybody able to guess what fuel effiency gains this could bring? because I can imagine the A380 in 3 or 4 years time with x ton weight reduction, at least 2% engine SFC reductions and AP winglets and it suddenly looks too good to refuse.

anyone able to photoshop an artists impression?
 
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RE: AP Winglets On The A380?

Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:18 am



Quoting Virgin747LGW (Thread starter):
he states that winglets for the A380 are a possibility, mentioning they would be around 17 feet tall, does this mean basic research has been done regarding the A380?

My guess is that they do basic research on a lot of things that seem like long shots, a bit like Boeing researched the Muppet planes. Doesn't mean they spent an enormous amount of time on it. Perhaps they just did a back of the envelope calculation by scaling up the 737 winglets, figuring that the wing was so many % larger.
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RE: AP Winglets On The A380?

Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:01 am

well the chairman does mention that he has been sworn to secrecy regarding talks with Airbus which is strange because I thought their work on the A320 was public knowledge, if not the A380 then the A340 would definately be appropriate for the modification.
 
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RE: AP Winglets On The A380?

Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:52 am

They'd have to do it without increasing the wingspan. The 380's span is already just pushing the ICAO box.

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RE: AP Winglets On The A380?

Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:59 am



Quoting Virgin747LGW (Reply 2):
then the A340 would definately be appropriate for the modification.

Now that'd be a sight!

As for the A380, if winglets were that effective, wouldn't Airbus have opted for them? It is a brand new aircraft after all.

Why is it again they didn't go for them? Wingspan issues, structural or weight issues, or something of the like, right?
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