Monday, 4 October 2010

Airbus A340-600 Rejected Take-Off Test

One of the tests to be undertaken for the certification of a new aircraft is the accelerate-stop with 'maximum energy braking' test. This test, which is based on brakes already close to their wear limit, is always one of the last to be performed and it is not unusual for unexpected events to occur.

In this particular instance the test proceded normally, with the target braking distance and brake energy levels being obtained during the deceleration. However, several minutes after the aircraft had come to a stand, damage occurred to a number of wheels.

It's a rather long 8-minute video and if you can't wait for the action, start at the 4-minute mark.

5 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

That's quite a video. They need more fire trucks or something

Dave said...

I think they all need more training.

Anonymous said...

Bad, bad drills all round.

Gizz said...

Zut Alors! I think these buffoons were bored and ready for some red wine with breakfast. It is obvious they were caught off guard. On a positive note, it is great they test these leviathans to the extreme. I am a pilot, and I expect only the best out of the engineers who design the "Rocs" I fly.

Wizard said...

The only thing missing from this video was circus music