Do you remember?

AirFr  ce Way back in June – June 1st to be exact, Air Fr**ce lost that plane, you know, The Airbus…
Well it turns out they’re still looking for the flight recorders! According to Flight Global;
Fr**ch investigators are to consider options for expanding the search for the flight recorders of Air Fr**ce flight AF447 after ending a second phase of undersea operations.
Search teams in the South Atlantic have completed stages designated Phase 1A and 1B in the hunt for the cockpit-voice and flight-data recorders of the Airbus A330 lost on 1 June.
France’s Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses says the search, undertaken in co-operation with oceanographic institute IFREMER and AirbusLogohydrographic service SHOM, has focused on a 75km-radius circle around the aircraft’s last known position.
The BEA says that the search “did not make it possible to locate the aircraft wreckage”.
It says it will draw a team of investigators together over the next few weeks to analyse data retrieved so far “with a view to a third search phase”. BEA says it will determine “requirements and means” to proceed.
Airbus has already indicated a willingness to provide funding to extend the sonar search.

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Published in: on 21 August, 2009 at 10:49  Leave a Comment  
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That’s not ‘taking the p***’. It’s way beyond that!!

The British Govt over recent years has come up with some of the most over politically correct, useless ideas and actions that have gone completely against the national will of people that have turned out to be far worse than anything Maggie Thatcher ever did.
So just what are our misguiding group of useless individuals doing now?
Only lendinA400MRenderingg AIRBUS money!!! In fact they’re lending £340 million.
They, or should I say Lord Mandelson, claim it is an investment that secure 5000 jobs….
Airbus (DeathGlider inc) aka EADS and others in the same group, are the one of the most money wasting companies in Europe.c-130J
We are now years into and exceeding a 5 billion euro over spending farce called the Airbus A400m – a concept from the early 80’s. The A400M is/was designed to replace the C130 crate called the Hercules. Yet from the outset they designed the aircraft wrong. Lockheed whonasa_C130J_concept make the C130 was originally in on the whole thing, got fed-up and left 69690main_C130J_fig2to design the C130J  and with the aid of NASA designed a serious upgrade to the C130 cockpits systems– and delivered it!
The A400M came truly into being in 2002 and has been a comedy of errors. Almost every few months they put the first delivery date back, and at present with it’s billions of over spent dollars, pounds and euros, they claim the first one might be ready in around 2012.
On top of all this, the Airbus A380 (THE death glider) is already up, running and deliveries being made – albeit, they’re late.A380_Flyby
Of course, this does not come close to the questions about the last couple of Airbus CEO’s having been investigated due to dodgy share dealings with EADS.

No, Mr Mandelson – do not lend our money to the Fr**ch! Or is there more to this? Is there something we should know that you’re not telling us?

Companies are in bad enough trouble as it is for this govt to go squandering £millions on crap that either does not work, does not fly and crashes all too often for modern kit.

Published in: on 14 August, 2009 at 16:45  Comments Off  
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ANOTHER Airbus crash

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A Yemenia Airbus A310 crashed with 142 passengers and a crew of 11 Yemenis on board after setting off from the Yemeni capital of San’a. It went down shortly before landing in Moroni, on the main island of Grand Comore.

The majority of the passengers were from the Comoros islands, returning home from Paris, he said. Those on board included families with children and there were at least three babies on board, he added.

A Yemeni aviation official said “A passenger jet from Yemen with 153 people on board crashed in the Indian Ocean early Tuesday as it tried to land on the island nation of Comoros, as yet only one person has known to have survived” .

Airbus: killing the world – one plane load at a time.

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Published in: on 30 June, 2009 at 11:39  Comments (2)  
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And another Airbus has a spot of bother

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So the Aussie carriers ‘Jet Star’ is happily flying one of it’s Airbus A330’s along when a fire breaks out in the Cockpit… Thankfully fire extinguishers were on hand to fight the fire in the Cockpits electric circuts before the wiring insulation really went up and the Airbus was propmptly diverted to Guam.

And there are people who actually want to fly on the A380 when it comes out – amazing!!

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Published in: on 11 June, 2009 at 02:48  Leave a Comment  
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The Airbus A330 incident starts to sound, well…..

It transpires that many of the Flight AF447, A330 systems changed dramatically in the last few minutes of contact.AirbusLogo Okay, this sadly is nolonger a shock. But, the system sent various messages back to it’s home base and other messages seem to show a string of systems either failing or giving warnings of failure.

Over the course of a few minutes, the autopilot switched off. The plane seems to have begun flying in what is called an “alternate flight law”.

 According to ‘Airbusdriver.net’ flying alternate flight law means this;

ALTERNATE LAW

If Multiple Failures of Redundant Systems occur, the flight controls revert to Alternate Law. 
The ECAM displays the message:
ALTN LAW: PROT LOST

Ground
Mode
The ground mode is identical to Normal Law.
Flight
Mode
  • In pitch alternate law the flight mode is a load factor demand law similar to the Normal Law flight mode, with reduced protections.
  • Pitch alternate law degrades to pitch direct law when the landing gear is extended to provide feel for flare and landing, since there is no flare mode when pitch normal law is lost.
  • Automatic pitch trim and yaw damping (with limited authority) is available.
  • Turn coordination is lost.
  • When pitch law degrades from normal law, roll degrades to Direct Law – roll rate depends on airspeed.
Protections
  • All protections except for load factor maneuvering protection are lost.
  • The load factor limitation is similar to to that under Normal Law.
  • Amber XX’s replace the green = attitude limits on the PFD.
  • A low speed stability function replaces the normal angle-of-attack protection
    • System introduces a progressive nose down command which attempts to prevent the speed from decaying further.
    • This command CAN be overridden by sidestick input.
    • The airplane CAN be stalled in Alternate Law.
    • An audio stall warning consisting of “crickets” and a “STALL” aural message is activated.
    • The Alpha Floor function is inoperative.
  • The PFD airspeed scale is modified:
    • VLS remains displayed
    • VALPHA PROT and VALPHA MAX are removed
    • They are replaced by a red and black barber pole, the top indicating the stall warning speed VSW
  • A nose up command is introduced any time the airplane exceeds VMO/MMO to keep the speed from increasing further, which CAN be overridden by the sidestick.
  • Bank angle protection is lost.
  • Certain failures cause the system to revert to Alternate Law without speed stability.
  • Yaw damping is lost if the fault is a triple ADR failure.

The messages have told the investigators that speed sensors on the aircraft were out of kilter witAirbush each other. In fact one of the messages received from the Airbus was actually ‘Nav ADR disagree’ – ADR being Air Data Reference.

The Airbus information circular says “there was an inconsistency between the different measured airspeeds”, and goes on to advise operators of the company’s various aircraft what to do in a similar situation – including using other technologies, such as GPS, to monitor the plane’s speed.

One odd thing, the Fr**ch have recently announced the dispatch to the area of one of it’s nuclear subs to help in the search. Well, I thought the Atlantic Ocean was bristling with nuclear subs all playing ‘cat-n-mouse’ with each other and that Submarine Warfare 101 is to search out a seek anything and everything it does not recognise. Therefore I would have thought half of Nato and Russia’s fleet would have been having a good look by now because – well, it’s what they do.

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Published in: on 6 June, 2009 at 12:37  Leave a Comment  
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ANOTHER Airbus Down?!

News is coming in fast an furious about the loss – or probable loss of an Air Fr*nce Airbus 330-200 with 228 people onboard.
The aircraft was last seen 186 miles north east of the Brazilian coastal city of Natal and was due to land at Paris 09:10 GMT (2hrs ago at the time of writing).

It really is no wonder that Air Fr*nce has taken to buying Boeing 777’s of late. Here is one at Boeings factory at AF777Everett unveiling the new Air Fr*nce logo. After all, who on earth would want to fly Airbus?! and general opinion is that the new A380 will just be a better way of killing more people at the same time. Heck, on it’s first landing at Heathrow it cracked a wing spar.

Obviously, I’m not talking from a professional point of view, and we certainly have no idea what brought  this particular A330 down with so much probable sad loss of life. But never the less, I just don’t trust  Airbus’s and these days, I simply refuse to fly on them, but I will happily fly 777’s.

After all, the production of the A400M is simply turning into a farse. The A400M is the replacement for the C130 Hercules, and lets be honest here – not only is it needed, but with present military operations they’re needed yesterday! Already 5 years after the first order was placed, the A400M hasn’t even flown yet. They claim they might be able to deliver the first one sometime around 2012… Nice one, I doubt we’ll need them so much by then.

 

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Published in: on 1 June, 2009 at 11:15  Leave a Comment  
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Here’s something you don’t see everyday

While not a great fan of Airbus because to me the Boeing 777 is about the best aircraft to fly on, I recieved an email this week that has been doing the rounds that left me gobsmacked!! check this out…A-340-600_5

This brand spanking new Airbus 340-600, sat just outside its hangar in Toulouse , France without  a single hour of airtime. Now paint it in Airline colours and continue reading…

Enter the Arab flight crew of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) to conduct pre-delivery tests on the  ground, such as engine run-ups prior to delivery to Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi .
The ADAT crew taxied the A340-600 to the run-up area.

Then they took all Four engines to takeoff power with a virtually empty aircraft. Not having Read the run-up manuals, they had no clue just how light an empty A340-600 Really is.

The takeoff warning horn was blaring away in the cockpit because they had All 4 engines at full power. The aircraft computers thought they were trying to take off, but it had not been configured properly (flaps/slats, etc..)

Then one of the ADAT crew decided to pull the circuit breaker on the Ground Proximity Sensor to silence the alarm. This fools the aircraft into thinking it is in the air.

The computers automatically released all the Brakes and set the aircraft rocketing forward. The ADAT crew had no idea that this is a safety feature so that pilots can’t land with the brakes on.

Not one member of the seven-man Arab crew was smart enough to throttle back the engines from their max power setting, so the $200 million brand-new Aircraft crashed into a blast barrier, totalling it.
The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown due to the news blackout in the major media in France and elsewhere.
Finally, the photos are starting to leak out.

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OUCH!!!!

I’d like to add something here, you see when they designed the Boeing 777 – they did so around one basic idea; trying to break it, crash and just generally destroy it, thus designing that exact possibility out of the basic aircraft. Airbus on the other hand, simply do not do this, there first Airbus crashed at the Paris Airshow for that very same reason sadly. Boeing 777’s – with only one real incident that was not even related to the actual 777 systems has not had such silly mistakes happen to it.

That said – what confidence does it install in anyone that a flight crew is more than happy to start pulling breakers out just to silence and alarm?!

As they say in the world of aviation:   Flying, 99.9% boredom,  0.01 % shear bloody terror!!

 

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Published in: on 8 May, 2009 at 14:00  Comments (1)  
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Will the A380 due in to Heathrow today, come crashing in?

 

I’m not a fan of Airbus, I’m not a great lover of flying really – but it’s a necessity.

Airbus have this persistent knack of crashing stuff, I dunno, maybe it’s just a Fr**ch thing.(other than the A340 which appears to be almost as good as a 777).

The first time the A380 landed at Heathrow two years ago to test the airport out, almost ended in tears when one wing only just missed the ground, landing so hard it cracked some wing spar’s.

If you want safe air transport – look no further than the Boeing 777. The first and only incident happened at Heathrow a few months ago and it was the first in the aircrafts 13 year history… Now that is safe!

The 777 was designed from the outset to be un-crashable. They started with all known reasons for mechanical failure, designed them out then actually tried to crash the aircraft. This was a whole new approach to aircraft design and construction.

The incident at Heathrow looks at the moment not to be related to the actual aircraft i.e. contaminated fuel. But that 777 dropped over 100ft into the ground and while the damage was obvious – the fuselage never even got bent out of shape.

Here are a couple of videos of some of the tests carried out on the 777.

 

777 Maximum Load Rejected Takeoff – If this video does not play, you can watch it HERE in YouTube. Link willopen in a new window. The others should play fine.

 

Same test with a A340 which catches fire.

 

 

777 Wing load test to destruction (how to write-off a $270m aircraft)

 

 

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