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Video: Composite-Rich Airbus 350 Makes First Flight

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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   6/25/2013 12:01:27 PM
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Although it's true that Airbus flew the 350 a few weeks ahead of its public schedule, the entire plane's design and build cycle still took longer to reach completion, as did the Boeing 787's, than originally anticipated. Changing major structures from metals to composites is a humongous effort, and apparently even more complex and difficult than either company realized. That's saying a lot, considering how much engineering talent they both have. Like Chuck, I hope they can move forward now that they've won this hard-earned knowledge and that commercial aviation is entering a new phase.

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Ann R. Thryft   6/24/2013 11:52:42 AM
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I agree, TJ, it would be really neat if the companies published something on their fatigue results. Boeing has been very mum about such details of their plane. I hope Airbus is more forthcoming.

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Ann R. Thryft   6/24/2013 11:50:39 AM
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Rob, the Airbus has more composites than any other commercial jet to date, including the Boeing 787. And you're right, Boeing's troubles have nothing to do with composites. Although early on last year, there were some delamination problems on the composite skin.

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Elizabeth M   6/24/2013 5:00:24 AM
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I didn't realize this was ahead of schedule--even better news. So it seems like there is a real commitment to this effort if things are moving faster than usual. Usually it's the other way around!

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Charles Murray   6/23/2013 5:32:10 PM
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I agree this is promising news, Liz, especially since it's a couple weeks ahead of the public schedule. Let's hope it means that the aviation industry in general is moving beyond all the design and production problems that it has been experiencing for the past few years.

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far911   6/23/2013 7:30:20 AM
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This is a winner for environmental protection as well as aerial pollution reduction which has been a growing concern ever since global warming's alarming situation came into view. 

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a.saji   6/21/2013 11:53:46 PM
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@TJ: Yes indeed and the results will have so many things to prove for the critics.  

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The big question - Fatigue
TJ McDermott   6/21/2013 9:10:43 PM
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I hope that both Boeing and Airbus publish something of the fatigue testing their respective aircraft are undergoing.  I had a chance to pass by the Boeing fatigue testing fixture last week.

It will be very interesting to compare fatigue results of similar parts in different materials.

 

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Rob Spiegel   6/21/2013 4:44:26 PM
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Nice article Ann. Did the Boeing jet have as great a percentrage of composites as the Airbus? I haven't heard of any problems with composites related to Boeing's troubles.

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Ann R. Thryft   6/21/2013 1:43:00 PM
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Rich, from what I saw, this week's Boeing 787 problems had to do with oil-related issues. That said, I'm not sure I want to fly on the 787 for awhile until all its problems are ironed out, including the batteries.

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