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A380 QF32 repairs followed by new problems, and what it says about the engineering union dispute

After borescope inspections like this one carried out on the no. 2 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine of VH-OQC in November 2010, an oil tube started leaking oil. Photo: Will Horton Inspections on A380-powering Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines carried out in the wake of last November’s uncontained engine failure on Qantas flight 32 were followed by […]

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How QF32 should not have been able to land & other stories

Damage on Qantas A380 VH-OQA from the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 uncontained engine failure last November. Photo: Dave Evans. After shedding an $11 million dollar engine’s intermediate pressure chamber, having a continuous fuel leak that caused the port wing to be 10 tonnes lighter than the starboard wing, and addressing some 58 ECAM messages generated by […]

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Rolls-Royce had early warning of Trent 900 manufacturing problems

We finally have part of an answer to a big outstanding question from last November’s uncontained Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine failure on Qantas A380 flight QF32: what Rolls-Royce knew of the powerplant’s weakness and why the C mod was introduced.Following QF32 it became clear problems on the Trent 900 were confined to two of three […]

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New insight into QF32 Trent 900 failure on ABC Four Corners Monday night

At 8:30 tonight the ABC1 Four Corners programme will air an hour-long documentary on November’s QF32 accident. Full reviews are embargoed until tonight, but those interested in the matter will definitely want to watch the programme. ABC has released in advance for reviewers the first half hour, which covers the flight from departure to return […]

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Qantas prepared to wait for commercial settlement with Rolls-Royce

Photograph: AirSpace user flyer1 Qantas is prepared to wait to reach a commercial settlement with Rolls-Royce for recuperating costs from a November uncontained Trent 900 engine failure on a Qantas Airbus A380 aircraft, chief financial officer Gareth Evans says in Sydney.“We want to reach the right commercial settlement for Qantas and we’ll take the time […]

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More questions than answers with Qantas resuming A380 flights to LAX

Qantas’s announcement today that following the removal of thrust limitations it will resume limited LAX A380 flights on 16 January with QF93 departing MEL for LAX leaves more questions than answers.The only answer we have is ‘when’: when Qantas will resume A380 trans-Pacific flights. Missing is the more critical ‘how’.That flight from MEL is the […]

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Why Qantas had to bring Rolls to court

What Qantas wants to avoid is being back in the spotlight with its A380, but upwards of a half billion dollars is at stake. Photo: Will Horton Reading the details from Qantas’ affidavit and claim against Rolls-Royce, the manufacturer of its Trent 900 engine that experienced an uncontained failure on 4 November, you cannot help […]

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Rolls-Royce puts the 80 in A380

Rolls-Royce’s revised operating procedures mean Qantas can only carry 80 passengers on its A380s between Australia and America. Photo: Will Horton Qantas this week expects to hear from Rolls-Royce on how it can fully restore its trans-Pacific A380 flights connecting Los Angeles with Melbourne and Sydney.When Rolls-Royce, the manufacturer of the Trent 900 engine that […]

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Trent 900 shortage finally hits A380 operators

The no. 3 engine on Qantas A380 VH-OQC was one engine that needed to be replaced. Here in Sydney on 6 November engineers prepare to demount it. Photo: Will HortonAlmost a month ago when Qantas first said it would have to change engines on its A380s in the wake of the 4 November uncontained failure, […]

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From Rolls-Royce, eleven words worth a million

Engineers conduct a borescope investigation of the no. 2 Trent 900 engine on Qantas A380 VH-OQC in Sydney on 6 November. Photo: Will HortonLast Friday night Andrew Dudgeon naturally took to the stage precariously.The chief executive of Rolls-Royce Australasia was to present the technical story of the year award at the National Aviation Press Club […]

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