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How reliable so far is the 747-8?

Photo courtesy of Boeing Six months after entry-into-service of the 747-8 Freighter, we now have the first hard indications of the new type’s technical dispatch reliability, a rating that measures the number of flights canceled because of a technical problem with the aircraft. It does not count cancellations due to weather or staffing delays. With […]

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A350′s Trent XWB engine makes maiden flight aboard A380

On Saturday, Airbus’s A380 flying test bed made its maiden flight with the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB flying in the number two position under the superjumbo’s wing. The milestone flight for the A350 XWB’s powerplant also marked a first for the A380, which flew for the first time with different engine types. The contrast between the […]

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Movie Tuesday – February 7 – Three Approaches, Three Perspectives

SEATTLE — Movie Monday comes a day later than usual today and gives a unique look at some of the worlds most interesting approaches. The first video puts you in the flight deck of an A320 on approach to Paro, Bhutan’s capital city and widely believed to be the most difficult approach in the world. […]

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Aircraft Design 101: What’s trust got to do with it?

As we approach Wendesday’s Boeing full year 2011 and quarterly earnings report, which is sure to be filled with questions of the pace of 787 and 747-8 deliveries and production ramp up, the burden of travelled work and change incorporation has been the central theme of aircraft development over the past decade.  I’ve recently started […]

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Rolls-Royce advances toward Trent XWB flight test aboard A380

TOULOUSE — The familiar Rolls-Royce Trent 900 flying in the number two engine position under the wing of the first A380 has been replaced by Trent XWB as the engine-maker and Airbus are approaching the start of the powerplant’s 175h flight test program.  With 1,200h of testing accumulated across eight engines at test facilities in five […]

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Trent XWB heads for flight test with first A380, Enders draws line on A350-1000 changes

A well-worn A380 MSN001 rolled out a hangar in Toulouse, France yesterday sporting a newly installed Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine. The powerplant, rated at 84,000lbs of thrust, will continue to advance Rolls-Royce’s certification program for the new engine, which will eventually power the Airbus A350 XWB. The 118in (300cm) diameter fan of the Trent XWB-84 […]

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Photos of Note: A380′s too-close encounter at Paris (Update)

PARIS — When a superjumbo gets just a bit too close, this is what can happen. Here’s a view from a different angle. A380 MSN004 returned to Toulouse late Monday evening for repairs. The prang occurred just after the aircraft landed and was being towed from the taxiway to the static display, and was not […]

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A380 grounded at Le Bourget after wingtip severed

Yesterday evening in downtown Paris the Flightglobal team spent about 10 minutes watching a red Fiat 500 try to parallel park in between two larger cars. Admittedly, the space was quite small, but the driver of the little red Fiat seemed to disregard the bumpers of the cars to the front and to the rear. […]

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A history of strife: Jumbo wingtips and regional stabilizers

Monday night’s incident at John F. Kennedy International Airport, which featured the wingtip of an Air France A380 catching the horizontal stabilizer of a Delta CRJ700, has been broadcast widely, eliciting gasps and groans with the sight of the regional jet’s rapid 90-degree change of heading. The event has elicited calls to re-evaluate whether or […]

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Movie Monday – April 4 – Qantas Flight 32 in focus

This week’s Movie Monday comes from the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), not to be confused with the American Broadcast Company. Four Corners devoted a full episode to examining the A380′s uncontained Trent 900 engine failure that befell Qantas Flight 32 on November 4 of last year. I’ll confess that I have not had a chance to watch […]

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