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Topic: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: CX773
Posted 2006-11-19 17:27:33 and read 18251 times.

http://community.webshots.com/user/cx773er

Topic: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Superhub
Posted 2006-11-19 17:45:10 and read 18176 times.

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

Topic: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Virginia
Posted 2006-11-19 18:31:42 and read 18041 times.

CX773,

That must have been amazing, probably made you speechless.
Tks for sharing.

Virginia

Topic: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Atnight
Posted 2006-11-19 18:38:19 and read 18017 times.

Just amazing..... No matter how many times we see pictures and videos of the A380, anywhere it lands it still makes a huge hype!! Great pictures..... I loved the videos too!!
There is no doubt the A380 is the ultimate flagship of this century.... I still believe that in the future, as the plane enters service, more airlines will invest in it and will buy it as it proves itself worth every penny.... So far it performs better than expected and eventually the program will be very successful... anyways... what's more important is that it is built and that will enter service....
In my opinion the A380 is each day more amazing and beautiful to see.... It is an aircraft that I've grown to appreciate more and more... I can't wait to fly on it..

[Edited 2006-11-19 18:49:06]

Topic: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: DernierVirage
Posted 2006-11-19 18:40:21 and read 18019 times.

Brilliant - thanks so much !

Looking at these pictures and videos, I really want this aircraft to succeed !

BTW, which gate was it parked at HKG ?

Topic: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: CX773
Posted 2006-11-19 18:43:47 and read 17993 times.

Gate N62  Smile A380 is my favourite! Also 340-600!

Topic: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: DernierVirage
Posted 2006-11-19 18:50:25 and read 17941 times.

Quoting CX773 (Reply 5):
Gate N62

Just beside the gate where AF usually departs (gate 60).

Did they do any practice boarding or disembarking procedures, if so did you see any of this ?

Once again, thanks, it really was quite "emotional" seeing the 380 at HKG ....

Topic: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: LHStarAlliance
Posted 2006-11-19 18:52:58 and read 17929 times.

Great Airplane , I hope to see it in the near future , I´ve never had the opportunity to see it ...

This Sight will be daily in HKG , I presume many airlines will fly it to HKG ...

This plane will succeed!

Topic: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Shinkai
Posted 2006-11-19 18:54:13 and read 17916 times.

The A380 is indeed a very large and majestic aircraft. I've seen it in person and honestly the pictures do not tell the entire story.

Nonetheless, wonderful pictures.

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: CX773
Posted 2006-11-19 19:24:58 and read 17799 times.

It's a really huge plane. It's my 4th time to see A380. The first time was in Paris Airshow 2005, then Melbourne, Brisbane and Hong Kong.  Smile Of course seeing A380 in Hong Kong was much meaningful to me.  Smile

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Tak
Posted 2006-11-19 20:52:24 and read 17590 times.

WOW!!! Awesome pictures and videos, thanks for sharing with all of us! I especially liked the video of the takeoff  Smile

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Lostmoon744
Posted 2006-11-19 21:12:25 and read 17524 times.

Does anyone know for A380 flights such as these, what the ICAO code for Airbus is, and their respective callsigns?

Example:
Is it "Airbus 201 heavy"; or
"F-WWOW heavy"?

Thanks

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Tomascubero
Posted 2006-11-19 21:53:09 and read 17421 times.

Very nice! Thanks for sharing CX773!  bigthumbsup 

Now please excuse my ignorance but this really caught my eye! I have for FS2004 Wilco's Payware A380 and have noticed while flying it that only the reversers on number 2 and 3 work (well at least you only see the engine cowlings move on these 2!) and I thought it was just a model error or something the guys forgot to put on the final product!

But now seeing the landing video here, I noticed the same thing happened!!  crazy  I would like to know the reason for this since I have viewed another couple of landing videos of the A380 and you dont see one of the engine cowls move upon landing! I think that maybe the RR engine design does not show on the exterior the reverse kick in and the one that landed in HKG was the other engine variant.

Thanks!
Tomas.

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: GQfluffy
Posted 2006-11-19 21:54:42 and read 17411 times.

I would've loved to see the Whalejet on final to Kaitak...

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: EWS
Posted 2006-11-19 22:18:09 and read 17142 times.

Fantastic Photographs and Video's! Thanks for sharing.

Lew

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Ari
Posted 2006-11-19 22:18:15 and read 17142 times.

Nicee pics!

Also very impressed by that model collection!!  Wow!

aRi

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: C680
Posted 2006-11-19 22:25:18 and read 17009 times.

Quoting Tomascubero (Reply 12):
only the reversers on number 2 and 3 work

That is correct. IIRC, the reason is that engines #1 & #4 (outboard) are much wider than any previous commercial aircraft that there was concern that those engines would cause foreign object contaminiation when the thrust reversers were activated (gravel and the like could be thrown into the air, and then ingested by the engines causing damage.)

IIRC, the A380 does not have thrust reversers on #1 & #4.

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Jfk777
Posted 2006-11-19 23:16:08 and read 16336 times.

A sight that will be seen many times in the years to come at Hong Kong airport. Lufthansa, Air France and others will fly the A380 to HKGbut I think Singapore's flight 1/2 to San Francisco will be the airport's first regular A380 customer.

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Solnabo
Posted 2006-11-19 23:17:48 and read 16307 times.

@ CX773

I can´t find the video sequense on your site.

I find the videos, great and graceful beauty!

Thx for sharing CX.

Micke//  cloudnine 

[Edited 2006-11-19 23:29:52]

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: HKGKaiTak
Posted 2006-11-19 23:51:01 and read 15874 times.

Yes thanks for sharing, great pics, can't wait for the A380s to be a regular sight (and regular sight it will be too at my home port of SYD)

Too bad Kai Tak is no more, I too would love to see the A380 on finals to Kai Tak ... that would make for some awesome shots from Kowloon City!!!

(It also reminds me that it's been more than a year since F-WWOW made an appearance in SYD)

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Tomascubero
Posted 2006-11-20 00:16:03 and read 15560 times.

Quoting C680 (Reply 16):
That is correct. IIRC, the reason is that engines #1 & #4 (outboard) are much wider than any previous commercial aircraft that there was concern that those engines would cause foreign object contaminiation when the thrust reversers were activated (gravel and the like could be thrown into the air, and then ingested by the engines causing damage.)

IIRC, the A380 does not have thrust reversers on #1 & #4.

WOW! I had no idea it was like that! I guess then it must have extra work reversing only with two engines rather than 4, I would like to see how it would stop with its Maximum Landing Weight! Thanks for clearing that up, it is quite something!

Cheers!
Tomas.

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Kwjlee
Posted 2006-11-20 00:57:32 and read 15196 times.

Here are some of mine photos for the A380's visit to HKG.
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o19/kwjlee/PICT0123.jpg
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o19/kwjlee/PICT0111.jpg

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o19/kwjlee/PICT0136.jpg
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o19/kwjlee/PICT0094.jpg
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o19/kwjlee/PICT0083.jpg
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o19/kwjlee/PICT0071.jpg

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: DAirbus
Posted 2006-11-20 01:59:46 and read 14646 times.

Great pictures and thanks for the shot of the towbar. Old ramp rats like myself are always interested in that type of thing.  biggrin 

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: AutoThrust
Posted 2006-11-20 03:12:53 and read 14079 times.

Quoting Atnight (Reply 3):
In my opinion the A380 is each day more amazing and beautiful to see.... It is an aircraft that I've grown to appreciate more and more... I can't wait to fly on it..

Indeed, i couldn't agree more. Sad we wont see one in the near Future in ZH.

Quoting Tomascubero (Reply 12):
Now please excuse my ignorance but this really caught my eye! I have for FS2004 Wilco's Payware A380 and have noticed while flying it that only the reversers on number 2 and 3 work (well at least you only see the engine cowlings move on these 2!)



Quoting C680 (Reply 16):
That is correct. IIRC, the reason is that engines #1 & #4 (outboard) are much wider than any previous commercial aircraft that there was concern that those engines would cause foreign object contaminiation when the thrust reversers were activated (gravel and the like could be thrown into the air, and then ingested by the engines causing damage.)

IIRC, the A380 does not have thrust reversers on #1 & #4.

Thats not the only reason the A380 does have only 2 Thrust reversers, the A380 has such a great take off and landing performance it doesn't really need thrust reversers. It can land at a lower speed (137kts)then a 744 and needs less runway. The FAA forced Airbus to install Thrust reversers. And as C680 correctly said they choosed inboard engines for the reasons C680 mentioned.
Hope this helps.  Smile


BTW: Thanks for sharing the great Pics and Videos CX773. And great to see one Airbus thread not hijacked and ruined.  thumbsup 

Just a question Kjwlee:Also nice Pics but do you/someone know why they are checking the engines? I'm curious because the early Trent 900 models had a problem using a lot of Oil. Maybe they are checking it how much oil left? Or just a normal procedure?

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Kwjlee
Posted 2006-11-20 04:44:23 and read 13409 times.

About the engine oil pic, here are two more for you.




I asked an Airbus testing engineer, and he told me that only engine #3 had this problem, the oil level was low when they arrived. But he didn't give any reason why and said that it is a common problem. Anyway, I don't see them adding oil to the other Trents at the end of the day, I guess it's only #3's problem. Notice the blue tin of oil and the blue box on the floor, that's the oil they added, I don't know the specification though.

And for the towbar, I manage the took a pic on the specification. When we looked at it, we were surprise of how light it is.

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o19/kwjlee/PICT0137.jpg

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Tomascubero
Posted 2006-11-20 04:51:08 and read 13362 times.

Quoting AutoThrust (Reply 23):
Thats not the only reason the A380 does have only 2 Thrust reversers, the A380 has such a great take off and landing performance it doesn't really need thrust reversers. It can land at a lower speed (137kts)then a 744 and needs less runway. The FAA forced Airbus to install Thrust reversers. And as C680 correctly said they choosed inboard engines for the reasons C680 mentioned.
Hope this helps.  Smile

Oh, thanks for this too! You are very right because in many of the videos I have seen of the A380 landing, they don't even use reverse, this is great! How amazing that the largest passenger airplane can land at 137kts and still brake without reversers, great acheivement by Airbus!

Thanks to both CX773 and Kwjlee for these excellent shots!  bigthumbsup 

Tomas.

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Lucky42
Posted 2006-11-20 05:05:48 and read 13634 times.

Excuse my ignorance on this but does anyone familiar with the A380 know why atleast in videos the anti collision beacons on this bird seem not to flash but are more like earlier aircraft that had rotating beacons I guess delayed and more visible. I know they are not rotating but it seems the light flash is slower. Can anyone shed some "light" on this?

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: RayChuang
Posted 2006-11-20 05:09:00 and read 13599 times.

I think as part of FAA/European JAA certification, the A380 has to demonstrate it can successfully land and roll to a stop on certain runway length without the use of thrust reverser units. That's why the plane has a lower landing speed than the 747-400. I believe that the #2 and #3 engines will sport thrust reversers due to FAA concerns about stopping the plane on wet and icy runways in wintertime conditions.

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Boeing777LR
Posted 2006-11-20 05:33:22 and read 13454 times.

These pics are absolutely amazing before seeing them I was probably one of the most "anti airbus" people around but seeing this really made me realise the size and guts that airbus had to pull this project off. These pics really shows how imposing this aircraft is i'm simply speachless.

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Tomascubero
Posted 2006-11-20 05:51:58 and read 13299 times.

Quoting Lucky42 (Reply 26):
Excuse my ignorance on this but does anyone familiar with the A380 know why atleast in videos the anti collision beacons on this bird seem not to flash but are more like earlier aircraft that had rotating beacons I guess delayed and more visible. I know they are not rotating but it seems the light flash is slower. Can anyone shed some "light" on this?

Yes you are right, I don't know the rational explanation for this but I have noticed it in all videos, that it has a slower and more noticable rotating beacon which seems "old-style" like DC-8's and 727's have. I guess they sticked to the "rotating beacon" phrase than the just "flashing beacon" like most modern airliners have!

Cheers,
Tomas.

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Kwjlee
Posted 2006-11-20 06:10:28 and read 13209 times.

Quoting Boeing777LR (Reply 28):
These pics are absolutely amazing before seeing them I was probably one of the most "anti airbus" people around but seeing this really made me realise the size and guts that airbus had to pull this project off. These pics really shows how imposing this aircraft is i'm simply speachless.

This is the first time for me to see it that close. I work for HAECO in their Boeing division, and I am a pro-Boeing person. After seeing the A380 on the ramp in HKG, my thoughts on the A380 has completely changed. I am very impressed by Airbus for their courage to take on this project. Well done Airbus, keep it up!  bigthumbsup 

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Ncelhr
Posted 2006-11-20 08:39:07 and read 12270 times.

Quoting Boeing777LR (Reply 28):
These pics are absolutely amazing before seeing them I was probably one of the most "anti airbus" people around but seeing this really made me realise the size and guts that airbus had to pull this project off. These pics really shows how imposing this aircraft is i'm simply speachless.

I think that most people do not realise the sheer size of this aircraft until they've seen it in person. I am in awe every time I see it in person. I find it difficult to believe that something that big (and trust me, it makes other aircraft look like toys), can actually fly.
And then I see what little runway the airbus pilots use for landing & taking off, and it's like a second rush. Amazing.
(of course, I know that most flights are light, but still, it's an awful lot of metal to take to the skies)
Oh, another thing, the low stall speed. It looks like slow motion at landing.

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Thomson735
Posted 2006-11-20 11:07:43 and read 11217 times.

Quoting Ncelhr (Reply 31):
Oh, another thing, the low stall speed. It looks like slow motion at landing

Yea i saw it at Farnborough this year, it was fantastic, when it did the slow pass i couldnt believe something so big could fly so slow

Great wing design  Wink

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Trekster
Posted 2006-11-20 11:22:13 and read 11102 times.

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 13):
I would've loved to see the Whalejet on final to Kaitak...

Now that would of been something impressive

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: AutoThrust
Posted 2006-11-20 11:36:02 and read 11005 times.

Quoting Kwjlee (Reply 24):
I asked an Airbus testing engineer, and he told me that only engine #3 had this problem, the oil level was low when they arrived. But he didn't give any reason why and said that it is a common problem. Anyway, I don't see them adding oil to the other Trents at the end of the day, I guess it's only #3's problem. Notice the blue tin of oil and the blue box on the floor, that's the oil they added, I don't know the specification though.

Thanks a lot for your impressive Pictures and nice explanation Kwjlee,its like i assumed a early Trent 900 Engine. It looks huge, i just love the big RR Logo on it.  cloudnine 

Quoting Tomascubero (Reply 25):
Oh, thanks for this too! You are very right because in many of the videos I have seen of the A380 landing, they don't even use reverse, this is great! How amazing that the largest passenger airplane can land at 137kts and still brake without reversers, great acheivement by Airbus!

Your welcome, its indeed a awesome Job Airbus did. AFAIK this great landing & takeoff performance comes from this Non-Critical Wing wich produces much more lift then a normal one.

Offtopic:Tomascubero, first Wilco's Payware A380 model didnt have thrust reversers. But then they changed it when new specification were released from Airbus. Big grin

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 27):
I think as part of FAA/European JAA certification, the A380 has to demonstrate it can successfully land and roll to a stop on certain runway length without the use of thrust reverser units. That's why the plane has a lower landing speed than the 747-400

Dont agree with this. From early Airbus statements it was always their target to leapfrog the 747 in terms of take off and landing performance.

Even Boeing has said the A380 will have better performence, then the 748 because the better wing. However a Non-Critical Wing is less efficient at cruise speed.

Airbus didnt want Thrust reversers, they only add a lot of weight and more complexity to this already ultra complex plane.

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: CX773
Posted 2006-11-20 11:43:01 and read 10955 times.

nice pics too....kwjlee!!!! I wish A380 could stay longer in HKG  Smile

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Kwjlee
Posted 2006-11-20 12:20:01 and read 10685 times.

You are welcome. Thanks to the Airbus sercurity team for letting us taking photos that close and answering to our questions on the day. I wish they could let me see the fully fitted cabin inside as well. One day in HKG surely is not enough, but I guess the next time we will see it in HKG will be in a year's time in SQ's colour when it will be assigned on SQ001/2 trips.

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Imiakhtar
Posted 2006-11-20 15:56:26 and read 8954 times.

WOW! Those Trents are Huge!

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: Atnight
Posted 2006-11-20 16:40:34 and read 8559 times.

Quoting Boeing777LR (Reply 28):
These pics are absolutely amazing before seeing them I was probably one of the most "anti airbus" people around but seeing this really made me realise the size and guts that airbus had to pull this project off. These pics really shows how imposing this aircraft is i'm simply speachless.

Well, I'm glad to know you see it differently now... (regardless if you are anti-airbus, because I myself am not necessarily an Airbus fan.... I just love the A380!)....
Anyways, the A380 just is a technological marvel! No question about that.....
I believe that most people who are against the A380 and mock its looks will have to bite their tongues when they see on in person.... that's probably why people who love the A380 and have seen it in person, hate to hear posts about how "ugly" it is from people who have never seen it face to face.... this pictures do give a clearer view of just how amazing this aircraft is and hopefully those against it will give it more justice to the plane....
Can't wait to fly it!!!

Topic: RE: A380 In Hong Kong (Pics And Videos)
Username: A388
Posted 2006-11-21 03:35:49 and read 7764 times.

Very nice pictures and loved the take-off video too CX773, WOW! The sounds of such a big aircraft taking off just thrills me! Amazing, when seeing these type of photos and videos you see how impressive the A380 really is. The L-1011-style double beacons/anti collision lights on top of the aircraft and under the belly makes the A380 even more spectacular in my opinion as I also like the L-1011 very much! Big grin

Don't you just love the aviation!!! Big grin

A388


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