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Airbus: new rivet problems won't ground A380

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....Aluminum rivets, used in the plane's front body, appeared to be too weak to sustain large pressure, the newspaper said, adding that the European Air Safety Authority (EASA) was considering orders for the six most critical rivets to be replaced with parts made of stronger titanium. (www.dw.de) More...

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preacher1
preacher1 3
Boy that would be a trip: starting descent, lower cabin pressure and off come de nose.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Either that or the Roof... Ref Aloha 737.
JD345
JD345 3
The engine fell off... Don't worry, that's no big deal!
The wings are starting to crack... Don't worry, that's no big deal!
The rivets can't withstand pressure... Don't worry, that's no big deal!
preacher1
preacher1 1
Hell, just teething problems on a new aircraft.lol
mpradel
Marcus Pradel 2
..it doesn't end!
patsrichs
Hard to fathom A380 nose held on by just six "critical" rivets. Are the other thousands just for show or justify the price of the behemoth?
thunderland2
al fredericks 1
TO HELL WITH IT -just give me the boeings of a earlier era, 707,727 or douglases 8, 9. make the avonics/engines effecienct. THATS ALL WE NEED. this new monster stuff is all money. talking to passengers they do not see the need for the new stuff. myself i'll take the DC-3 anytime
JCCasebeer
John Casebeer 1
It is just a matter of time until all these airframe problems come to a head; either a disastrous crash or grounding of the airplane.
chalet
chalet 1
I have said this before and won´t mind saying it again: in their haste to send their respective planes to their very aggravated and irate customers due to the 2-3 year delays Boeing and Airbus did not do a complete and thorough job specially on the 380 which is hitting the headlines more often and in not quite positive notes.
mikezc128
Great! Another reason why size isnt always the best! Stick with Boeing peeps.
SWEATINTHSWAMP
Y'all need to withhold your comments until the 787 has flown as long as the Airbus 380. It could bite.
canuck44
Probably a relatively cheap fix for six rivets and three hours down time as long as the US Government is not buying the rivets for them.
DeltaAirlinesTristar
Just make life easy and stick with the 747. No need to make something so big. 747 is Just right.
genethemarine
Gene spanos 1
Amtrak sounds so much safer!
preacher1
preacher1 2
We'll just get it as it comes. It's already had a column full on the delamination. We are all equal opprtunity bashers.lol
SWEATINTHSWAMP
Do you think there is a chance Colgan Air will fly A380's from Lafayette to Houston soon? :)
MileHighV
Gary Lam 1
Well, so much for your criticism of the A380 which has been operating since 2007. How would you like to be on the maiden revenue flight and the landing gear would not deploy when it reached the destination??? Surprise surprise it is the ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner!!!!
MileHighV
Gary Lam 1
lol it already started see my comment about the undercarriage not deploying on its first revenue flight hahahah
preacher1
preacher1 1
We'll criticize it too if they put the story out. I don't believe they did on that one unless I missed it.
MileHighV
Gary Lam 0
It is typical that when there is something wrong with a Boeing plane it is not blown out of proportion but when it is an Airbus plane they make a mountain out of a mole hill. I think an undercarriage failing to engage on landing is Very Serious and it happened to The much publicised Dreamliner 787 should be Top Headlines but it was not!!Why? Another Boeing plane the Boeing 747-8 intercontinental, Boeing had to disable the tail tank to get the plane into service, a big problem in my opinion when something is not working and it had to disable it while thye find a solution but it is still being flown and why no Big Issue? Because it is Boeing!!!
MimosaDrive
MimosaDrive 1
Blown out of proportion? I think the article said "a sudden drop in cabin pressure could cause the rivets to break, and subsequently the nose of the superjumbo to come off". That sounds it might be less survivable than a landing gear that doesn't deploy.
MileHighV
Gary Lam 1
Well a nose cone coming off is less serious than a the landing not deploying. At the moment it is something that they found through on going improvement and not something that happened, whereas the landing gear situation is factual not what could happen!!!
bigjulie
The article didn't say nose cone could fall off, it said the nose could come off, which IMHO would be very serious!
sheka
mark tufts -2
a380 accident waiting to happen
thats why i like boeing
microwalda
microwalda 4
You know that Boeing aircraft also have accidents, right?
MileHighV
Gary Lam 1
I don't think so as it has been the most stringent flight tested commercial plane prior to ceritifcation. The current issue about the rivets is more an ongoing improvement than one of safety. Talking of rivets, how many rivets and how in how many planes did Boeing had to replace on their flagship 787 Dreamliner? Millions and in all their production planes not just 6 as on the A380 !!!!