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Old 01-07-2012, 06:16 AM   #1
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"A380 fleet should be grounded" news report

BBC News - Airbus A380 fleet should be grounded, say engineers

Potentially very damaging to Airbus
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Re: "A380 fleet should be grounded" news report

Not looking good, Engine problems now the wings?

Any ideas what problems are next?
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Re: "A380 fleet should be grounded" news report

Makes you wonder why it's always Qantas having the problems, doesn't it.
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Not looking good, Engine problems now the wings?

Any ideas what problems are next?
I don't know. Perhaps the coffee-peculator will stop working? Of course we don't know when an 'incident' will happen next.

Damaging but it's happened to Boeing and Bombardier also. This is a no show event in my opinion: it is a non-critical issue. If it was potentially serious; EASA, CAA and FAA would have jumped in, and stopped the fleets straight away.
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I don't know. Perhaps the coffee-peculator will stop working? Of course we don't know when an 'incident' will happen next.

Damaging but it's happened to Boeing and Bombardier also. This is a no show event in my opinion: it is a non-critical issue. If it was potentially serious; EASA, CAA and FAA would have jumped in, and stopped the fleets straight away.
I agree with you there Matt. If it was a serious problem then when are they still flying today.

There is currently one flying over Ukraine on route to Singapore and I think that if this issue was serious it would not be flying, it would be grounded.
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Qantas were pulled up already regarding maintenance issues were they not? If the situation were that bad there would be none in the air! All new aircraft do have EIS problems anyway, you just have to dig to find.........
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Re: "A380 fleet should be grounded" news report

It's not just Qantas; the cracks have been found on A380s being operated by Emirates, Singapore and Airbus themselves.

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The European plane maker has confirmed that the cracks have been found in various parts of the wing rib attachments of five superjumbos – one belonging to Qantas, two to Singapore Airlines, one to Emirates and one of Airbus's development aircraft. Source: A380 wing cracks 'really is not a safety issue': head engineer
Obviously that source may be bias, but it is qualified and I do not think that this is a safety issue.

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... Damaging but it's happened to Boeing and Bombardier also. This is a no show event in my opinion: it is a non-critical issue. If it was potentially serious; EASA, CAA and FAA would have jumped in, and stopped the fleets straight away.
Yes, this has happened in various forms to aircraft from several different manufacturers.
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It's not just Qantas; the cracks have been found on A380s being operated by Emirates, Singapore and Airbus themselves.



Obviously that source may be bias, but it is qualified and I do not think that this is a safety issue.



Yes, this has happened in various forms to aircraft from several different manufacturers.
According to the new maintenance requirement, confirmed by the airworthiness authorities, these rib connections need to be inspected within four years.

Serious problem? I let you be the judge.

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Qantas were pulled up already regarding maintenance issues were they not? If the situation were that bad there would be none in the air! All new aircraft do have EIS problems anyway, you just have to dig to find.........
That´s right, but the press (especially the yellow press) always needs some scandalous headlines. In fact, the A380 EIS has been really smooth, compared to other airliners in the past.
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Re: "A380 fleet should be grounded" news report

BBC News - A380 wings to be checked for cracks, EASA says

Not great reading
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Re: "A380 fleet should be grounded" news report

To be fair, Chris, it's nothing more than I'd expect.
If cracks were known on an aircraft, I'd expect aircraft to be checked, not just shrug it off as unimportant. I don't think they've mentioned that the cracks have got worse, they just need checking.
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Re: "A380 fleet should be grounded" news report

Factory, design flaws caused A380 cracks | Reuters

There definitely is a problem here, but Airbus say the aircraft are still safe and there is a fix.
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