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#1 As someone who has a vested interest in the race between Boeing and Airbus as my BIL is an engineer on the Boeing, I do have do say I am laughing my ass off at Airbus.
Posted by DarthVader 2012-03-28 11:39||
#2 Just as long as the B787 doesn't have similar problems...
Posted by Steve White 2012-03-28 13:07||
#3 If it ain't Boeing, I ain't going!
Posted by Besoeker 2012-03-28 13:14||
#4 after a malfunction with the air pressure system in the passenger cabin.
That's worrisome. I remember from a few years ago there was a scandal where the European maker of cabin pressure regulators basically destroyed an American engineer when he went public about a failure mode that could suck the air out of a airline cabin.
Posted by Shimble Guelph5793 2012-03-28 21:04||
#5 From 2005: Airbus whistleblower faces prison Joseph Mangan thought he was doing Airbus a favour when he warned of a small but potentially lethal fault in the new A380 super-jumbo, the biggest and most costly passenger jet ever built.
Instead, Europe's aviation giant rubbished his claims, and now he faces ruin, a morass of legal problems, and - soon - an Austrian prison. Mr Mangan is counting the days at his Vienna flat across the street from Schonbrünn Palace, wondering whether the bailiffs or the police will knock first.
His troubles began in September 2004 when he contacted the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), claiming that the cabin pressure system in the A380 might not be safe, and that this had been concealed.
Posted by Shimble Guelph5793 2012-03-28 21:09||
#6 As someone who is currently working for a maker of interiors for the A380 and A330 cargo versions, this isn't good news. But as for the Screamliner; I am waiting 5 years before i jump in one. I fully expect one to come apart in flight due, not to the design, but to unreported damage as a result of impact with ground equipment. Metal airplanes leave dents ( witness marks) when they get hit, carbon fiber doesn't, but that doesn't mean that sub-surface delaminations between the plies can't start and grow into failures. throw in the pressurization cycling and resultant flexing, and things can go wrong in a hurry. Had that happen on the plastic winged A-6s due to tools being dropped. Good design, human errors caused damage. and stuff.
Posted by USN, Ret. 2012-03-28 22:32||