Saturday, February 11, 2006

Airbus Testing

An Airbus A380 has been undergoing cold weather perfomance testing in Iqaluit this week. It's one thing to engineer a product and another to see if the passengers are going to freeze to death because of a taxiway traffic jam during a cold snap in Ottawa. Good to see that Airbus is checking it out.

According to CBC:

Since the A380's tail stands eight stories high, it instantly became one of the tallest structures in Iqaluit. And with a capacity of more than 500 passengers, it means the Airbus can comfortably hold about 10 per cent of the capital's population.

It must be drawing quite a crowd. I'd like to see it at my airport. Canada has seen unseasonably warm temperatures right across the country this winter, but the -25 in Iqaluit should be cold enough to allow them to complete the tests.

1 comment:

Greybeard said...

This airplane is gonna be news from start to finish.
Most "target-audience" airports can't handle discharging 500 passengers all at once.....
Airport infrastructure on many will have to be changed to handle the weight of this monster.

Airbus needs to sell 250 of the things

500 souls on one airplane....
What a terrorists dream!