Wed, Jun 14, 2006
Says More Testing Needed
Airbus says talks with US and
European authorities on wake turbulence created by its 555-seat
A380 are continuing, just six short months before the first
scheduled delivery of the jetliner.
"Discussions are still going on and there are still several
months to go before the plane enters service," said Airbus
spokeswoman Barbara Kracht to the Wall Street Journal.
Kracht added that aviation experts failed last week to agree on
separation standards for the A380... which means until a decision
is made, any plane trailing an A380 must fly at least 10 nautical
miles behind it, in order to give sufficient time for the A380's
considerable wake to disperse.
That's twice the amount of space a 747 requires -- which, if
that standard holds, will likely cause controllers and other
airlines some grief as they slot other aircraft into airports where
A380s operate from.
Members of the International Civil Aviation Organization say
more time is needed for more test flights... and a final ruling on
separation standards should be ready by November, one month before
the first A380 is scheduled to be delivered to Singapore
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