Accommodating the a 380 nak hisap lidah sayang
For safety reasons and to prevent the jetwash from damaging the surroundings during these tests, a completely new blast fence had to be set up.With its own concrete foundation, 80 meters in length and twelve meters in height it is now capable of deflecting even the strongest jetwash of the A380´s four engines, which are mounted wider than on any other commercial airliner.To carry out smaller repairs and maintenance services at the front section of the A380 but also the Boeing 747, for example the replacement of cockpit windows, a new nose dock was brought into service in the beginning of 2008.An even bigger challenge was the construction of a new tail dock.In order to provide easy access to the A380´s systems in this area, for example the APU, the flight control actuators, the elevator, stabilizer and tailfin itself, the scaffolding and maintenance platforms have to be more than 24 meters high, much more than on any other aircraft currently in service.It is also be able to accommodate all other widebody aircraft currently in the market.Component support for the new aircraft has also already begun, benefiting from the experience gathered in the "Spairliners– joint venture with Air France Industries that began servicing the first Airbus A380 for Qantas in October 2008.A further need for upgrades was also identified in the field of ground support equipment.
First of all, there was the preparation of Lufthansa Technik´s facilities.
Covering more than 25.000 square meters, the hangar can easily accommodate two A380s, three Boeing 747s or a combination of both types at the same time.
To cover future demands, the facility can be extended to an overall length of 350 meters in a second stage of construction, increasing floor space to more than 49,000 square meters.
In theory as well as in practice, they teach up to twelve participants in one course how to deal with the complex systems of the new Airbus.
Before the training commences on the real aircraft, training course participants are working in a special simulator called 2D-MFTD (2-Dimensional Maintenance / Flight Training Device).The service entry of the world´s biggest commercial airliner was accompanied by many challenges.