We Gotta Get Out of This Place IV: What's Next?
According to the preliminary reports, Airbus has accomplished what looks like a successful emergency evacuation simulation test on the A380 today. This is one heck of a milestone in the certification process, and what it means is that a whole lotta technical folks can start working on other stuff because this one's in the bag. It's also a pretty big feather in the cap for Goodrich, the folks who make the emergency evacuation slides.
Now. What comes next? We here will be watching the order book and the delivery schedule for slippage, just as everyone else who thinks the A380 has a weight and payload problem will.