News about Nancy-Bird

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  1. Globaliser
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    Flight reports:-
     
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    It's probably got 100 or so SQ airbus engineers crawling all over it. At least it will be repaired here and not in China. I'd hate to see the final bill. And I might let you die hard QF fans get on the thing before I'm convinced to jump aboard, regardless of any type of airworthiness certification.
     
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    Repairs are never 100%..... one more aircraft to avoid.
     
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    I think someone needs to take you on a tour of an aircraft repair facility.

    If you really believe what you said then you would probably never fly again. I have known many cases where the repaired aircraft were significantly better than new! [​IMG]
     
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    Have you any strong evidence to support this? I would have thought that especially for the 380 there would be little evidence to support such assertions so far
     
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    I don't think there is much of a track record for A380 repairs. Regardless of how good repair facilities are, there are examples, on other aircraft, where incorrect repairs have lead to problems down the track.
     
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    plenty of cases in history. Sure the repair is probably fine, however it will never be a structually sound as a brand new factory aircraft. Clothing, cars and women are the same too. Replace once damaged ;)
     
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    if you knew how a plane is overhauled you will realise there is no such thing as a new plane
     
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    Of course, there are times where inadequate repairs lead to disaster (And in this case, one of the worst in Aviation history): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Airlines_Flight_123

    (as I said, inadequate. The repair did not meet the boeing standards, and that said, it exceeded the estimates for how long it should have held after the improper repair was done).
     
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    It may not have met Boeing standards, but it was Boeing technicians that made the repair.
     
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    Yes. it was a screw up that's for sure (and a tragedy).
     
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    Will be nice to have her back in the air. I'm sure QF are very relieved that their reputation for not writing off airframes remains ... Now how much is it costing????
     
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    I'm still intrigued with this and will watch the developments with interest.
     
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    of more interest may be "who is going to pay for the repairs?"
     
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    Somehow I think Rolls Royce's insurance company will be the ones picking up that tab... But will still be interesting to know. It won't be pocket change by any means!
     
  16. NZM

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    While we expect that to be the case, it would be interesting to know if the entire cost will be picked up by RR (or their insurer) or if QF will be left out of pocket for some costs. Just the SIN parking/hanger fees alone must be clocking up a small fortune.
     
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    Nancy-Bird was their first and N-B is still alive, so the decision may reflect this as well.
     
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    N-B actually died in 2009 - we looked after her in her final days. Lots of "famous" friends visited her on the ward my nurses tell me!
     
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    It was a little bittersweet. I recall in some documentary about QF's first A380 that she was determined to 'hang around' up until the launch of her namesake A380. It was such a moving site to see her flying on it, up on the flightdeck observing. She was a true lady!
     
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    The QF museum at SYD T3 has quite a bit of stuff about Nancy-Bird and her A380. I had a few hours to kill after arriving there recently, and it was a very interesting visit.

    Great views of the field, too.
     

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