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The evacution test of the A-380 was less succesful as Airbus describes : 30 persons injured, a woman broke a leg and some technical details failed.But overall it was good enough for the 'seal of approval'.

When I was a kid, my father took me to many airshows.
I kept the fascination for flying things over the years.

But moraly it became harder, especialy since most planes and the tecnology involved are military. I could do diary's about modern military planes like the Eurofighter, the Rafale, the Viggen, the JSF,Hawk,the variants of the Mig and Sukhoi and many others.

There is a fascinating world of communication, radar, navigation an weaponsystems involved.
The Russians proved their technology was in many fields superior to the rest of the world, yesterday the Soyoez  returned safely from a mission to the International Space Station.

Today we see the European country's developing newer and more advenced flying systems like the A400M I describe in this diary. The EU doesn't spend as many resources as the US on this developements, but still it is about huge amounts of money and other resources for facilities, training people and so on.

Belgium has 45 updated , state of the art F-16 supersonic jet fighters. They fly in 17 minutes from the coast to the German border, which is the longest possible distance in Belgium in one straight line. This is ridiculous. They are also capable to drop atomic-bombs of wich several are stored in a US-base in Belgium. This situation doesn't make me feel safe at all.

On ET the main topics are about economics and the policies behind . Military spending is part of it and exposes true meanings of policies. Maybe I should start a diary about this.

 

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)

by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Sun Apr 9th, 2006 at 06:38:52 AM EST
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The evacution test of the A-380 was less succesful as Airbus describes : 30 persons injured, a woman broke a leg and some technical details failed.

Could you post or link more details?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Apr 9th, 2006 at 09:15:32 AM EST
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BBC: Volunteers injured in A380 drill

One man broke his leg and another 32 people suffered minor injuries during an emergency evacuation drill of the new A380 superjumbo in Germany.

Plane owner Airbus said the exercise - a key step which the A380 must take to prove its airworthiness - was a "great success" despite the injuries.

About 850 passengers and 20 crew were evacuated from the plane in 80 seconds.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Sun Apr 9th, 2006 at 09:36:59 AM EST
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The test took place on 26/03 in Hamburg/Germany.
The first news about te test came from Reuters :
European plane maker Airbus said on Sunday it had interrupted an evacuation test for its new A380 double-decker plane after an incident in which several people were injured as an evacuation slide dis-inflated.


The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)
by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Sun Apr 9th, 2006 at 10:23:31 AM EST
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Hi DoDo, Elco B & all !

This is my first post here, so I wanted first to tell you how much I enjoy this place in general, and specifically the "technological" diaries (planes, trains, clocks).

DoDo, you'll find actual stories of people who did participate in this test at flightglobal.com :

http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles/2006/04/06/Navigation/179/205793/Airbus+A380+evacuation+trial+f ull+report+everyone+off+in.html

by balbuz on Sun Apr 9th, 2006 at 02:07:22 PM EST
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Hi balbuz!  Welcome to ET.

Good link!  Thanks for sharing that.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Sun Apr 9th, 2006 at 02:24:38 PM EST
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Welcome to ET balbuz, thanks for the link.

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)
by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Sun Apr 9th, 2006 at 02:33:58 PM EST
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Thirded!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Apr 9th, 2006 at 05:27:21 PM EST
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If you ever see an infrared movie of one of these evacuations you'll see how contrived the whole situation is. First, take a bunch of Highly Motivated, young, athletic flight attendants. Dress them in running shoes and shorts. Clear all obstacles (no reclined seats, or tray tables, or blankets, or laptop computers, or fat old blind people allowed. Then rehearse a few times to get the sequencing of the moves right.

Then, on a signal, the athletic young weightlifter at the window quickly takes out the door and throws it away, while the participants literally RUN down the aisle and jump unhesitantly into the chute or onto the wing.

It is a total fiction, and it is not surprizing that there were a few injuries.

by asdf on Mon Apr 10th, 2006 at 07:39:05 PM EST
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Read the linked account - this one was nothing like what you described.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Apr 10th, 2006 at 09:15:41 PM EST
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You are correct. That's not how it was done in the movies I've seen in the past.
by asdf on Mon Apr 10th, 2006 at 11:14:30 PM EST
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