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Airbus Beluga-XL (A330-743F-WBXL) Heavy (200K Special)

209k MAPA  15 days ago
Auto Credit Based on MAPA's Airbus A330-200F Heavy (Air Hong Kong)

Another new achievement achieved! And also another new special gift for my dear followers. You are amazing! I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you! Thank you so much to everyone who helped me reach my goal of 200k :D


This aircraft follows all the basic requirements to be automatically spawned by the AI. She is able to take off and land safely at the game's main airports. it is also a playable aircraft, you can enjoy aerial collisions, target shooting or Just enjoy more realistic and diverse air traffic in the game.

About the Aircraft: by Wikipedia

The Airbus BelugaXL (A330-743L) is a large transport aircraft based on the Airbus A330-200F built by Airbus to replace the original Airbus BelugaST (Super Transporter) to transport very large aircraft components, such as wings. The aircraft made its first flight on 19 July 2018, and received its type certification on 13 November 2019. The BelugaXL entered service with Airbus Transport on 9 January 2020.

In 2013, the five original BelugaSTs could not cope with production growth, and Airbus evaluated the Antonov An-124 and An-225, Boeing C-17 or Dreamlifter, and A400M, before choosing to modify one of its own aircraft. The programme was launched in November 2014 to build five aircraft to replace the existing five BelugaSTs; the design freeze was announced on 16 September 2015. The program cost is €1 billion for development and production.

Fleet

The original BelugaSTs were not to be withdrawn from service after introduction of the Beluga XL, expected in 2019; a mixed fleet was to operate for at least five years, as the increased production rate of single-aisle aircraft requires the ability to move more parts. The BelugaST fleet flew more than 8,000 hours in 2017, doubled from 2014, but the five BelugaST aircraft are only halfway through their planned service life: another operator could use them for civil or military logistic applications.

The combined Beluga fleet was expected to rise to eight aircraft when three XLs are delivered, as the five originals stay in service before being withdrawn from 2021. The BelugaST fleet was reaching its limits, flying five times daily, and six days per week, for 10,000 hours in 2017, while some parts are moved over land. Compared with the time required to move the parts of an A320, a BelugaST requires three times as much time to move the A330 parts and nine times as much for A350 parts.

After an Airbus A350 production increase, Airbus aimed to deliver 880 aircraft in 2019, and raise A320neo output to 63 per month by 2021; the Beluga XL fleet was expanded with a sixth example in June 2019. The BelugaSTs could still have 10–20 years' flying life left, and may be offered for sale, or used to serve external customers.

Production

The aircraft's lower fuselage is assembled on the Airbus A330 final assembly line, and then moved to another facility for the year-long process of assembling the upper fuselage and the lowered nose fuselage. The first section arrived in Toulouse in November 2016. Final assembly started on 8 December 2016. The first large sections: one central and two lateral rear section panels, arrived on 12 April 2017 at the Toulouse Final Assembly facility (L34) from Aernnova's factory in Berantevilla, Spain.

Constructed by Airbus subsidiary Stelia Aerospace in Meaulte, its 12 m × 4 m (39 ft × 13 ft), 8.2 t (18,000 lb) nose section was delivered in May 2017. The 9 m (30 ft) wide, 8 m (26 ft) long and high, 2.1 t (4,600 lb) upper front fuselage part, framing the cargo door, was delivered from Stelia Rochefort on 7 July 2017. The 3.1 t (3.1 long tons; 3.4 short tons), 10 m (33 ft) long and 8 m (26 ft) high door was delivered by Stelia Rochefort in September 2017.[18]

In October 2017, 75% of the first BelugaXL structural assembly was done; with systems, mechanical, and electrical integration underway before integration of the tail elements, which had already been received. Its maiden flight was scheduled for summer 2018 before 10 months of flight tests necessary for its certification campaign, and a 2019 service entry. The second aircraft was to enter final assembly line in December 2018, and the three remaining each following year.

After mating the vertical fin, tail cone and horizontal stabiliser including the outboard vertical surfaces, the main freight door was to be attached from mid-November, before power-on at the end of 2017. The flight test campaign used a single, instrumented aircraft. The front cargo door was attached in December 2017. In January 2018, the second arrived in Toulouse for its transformation, in two months less after lessons learned from the first.

Testing

The first BelugaXL rolled off the assembly line on 4 January 2018, unpainted and without engines. Fewer than 1,000 flight test hours were planned for its certification campaign. After fitting its Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, it was ground tested for months to assess its systems operation, while bench tests in Toulouse and Hamburg, on flight simulators and in laboratories, simulated flight loads on full-scale copies of specific joints between the upper bubble and the lower fuselage, clearing the aircraft for flight, then type certification.

In March 2018, the first BelugaXL (MSN1824) was having its engines fitted, while the second (MSN1853) was 30% converted. After successful landing gear and flight-control system checks, MSN1824 was to be fuelled and ground tested. The third was expected to begin its conversion before the end of 2018. MSN1853 was to be first operational in 2019, after proving work in 11 European stations, while MSN1824 flight instrumentation was to be disassembled. It was rolled out with its Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines but no winglets in April 2018.

It passed the ground vibration test in early June 2018, with Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA) and Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) measuring its dynamic behaviour compared to flight envelope theoretical models. The flight-test programme was expected to last 600 hours. The second aircraft had its lower fuselage completed by mid-June, before upper shell structural work and freight door fitting after summer, for completion by September or October. The first flight was on 19 July 2018, from Blagnac, Toulouse, France. In February 2019, the first aircraft flew to various destinations, including Airbus's wing plants in Bremen, Germany and Broughton, Wales.

The first BelugaXL to enter service was the second aircraft built, which rolled out on 19 March 2019; the first test aircraft will be retro-fitted after certification. The second aircraft (MSN1853) commenced flight-testing on 15 April, and by then, the first (MSN1824) had completed more than 140 test flights over 500 hours, the final stage before certification. A third airframe was undergoing conversion, expected to last until the fourth quarter of 2019, for delivery in 2020. Operations were expected to start with two XLs in the second half of 2019.

After more than 200 flight tests over 700 hours, the BelugaXL received its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification on 13 November 2019.

The last two BelugaXLs to be produced are expected to have 180-minute ETOPS approval, allowing them to be used for transatlantic flights, typically to transport satellites to North American launch sites. As of February 2021, tests were being conducted to gain approval for the XL's autoland capacity.


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Spotlights

General Characteristics

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 3.515
  • Wing Loading 44.0lbs/ft2 (214.7kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 872.2ft2 (81.0m2)
  • Drag Points 2695

Parts

  • Number of Parts 90
  • Control Surfaces 9
  • Performance Cost 517
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    yoooo congrats for 200k!

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    Can you make the AI Mig-31? I want you to make the cockpit empty so that I can add details for VR :) I hope you agree.

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    He has

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    Will you add Airbus A380?

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    Congrats!

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    Also congrats on 200k @MAPA!

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    @MrCOPTY He really does!!!!!
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    Hey MAPA how about the asked by me F-14

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    Bro Really Made 90 Part Beluga 💀?!?!!

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    Congratulations on 200k

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    @MAPA congratulations sorry I’m late :) goodnight and see you tomorrow

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    459 SpEx

    Incredible! What are you thinking for 300K? BAC-One Eleven? DC-10? MD-12?

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    @Sally57656756757 @Kylefoundhere @STALIN83 Thank you very much!

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    @WinsWings @L3FT2R1GHT @PlaneFan2003 Thank you guys!

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    @Maverick09 Incredible! I loved 🤓

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    16.7k Maverick09

    Here is a YouTube Short I made with this. Hope you enjoy it @MAPA. https://m.youtube.com/shorts/PK-GJJ1JyFE

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    2,632 Arthuur

    belugo

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    Congrats on 200k!

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    looks cool. Congratulation for 200K

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    Looks great! Sorry I was late

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    Congrats on 200K!

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