RC20 wrote: Boeing has been working with the FAA on those issues to be sure there are no show stoppers. There are a number of all composite aircraft flying, so its not totally new (none in that certification category ).
FAA is allowing the Dreamlifter to move parts as part of the certificating process.
I didn't say the A380 Landing in the United States is the most significant news, now with that being said, Airbus is also a part of introducing a new Era of avation with the A380, and Airbus since the consortium has been created has done a lot to promote and set into motion technology well into the 21st century. That continues today with the A380.And yes, the A380 landing in the US is news, but not the most significant news. A whole new industry and era in aviation is being created by Boeing.
They have turned the industry on its head, and have set in motion the state of the art for the next 30 years. Its not super glitzy, but its a once in a lifetime event.
Right, Boeing did it 40 years ago with the 747, but what is new about the A380 is not its size but the potential of doing what the 747 did, and reduce the cost of travel like the 747.The A380 is just a big aircraft. Nothing new, nothing innovative, Boeing did it 40 years ago, the Russians have done it. Sort of like the tail fin era in autos. Yep, the last ones were amazing, but what had the biggest impact on the auto industry was the VW Bug.