Good work XWB. Seems we have a large number of production aircraft now either out of FAL(Getting furnished) or nearly out of FAL (station 30). Though the numbers after MSN15 looks sad with just 1 frame (MSN16) between Station 40,50 and 59. Times seem to be gradually improving with FAL pace. Just now need more work to come through.
P18 and the other non-descriptive numbers continue to mean little to me. If I am the only one then fair enough but if not perhaps a simple description of what is happening during the process is given instead could be devised - the 'when and what', rather than the 'when and where' which is more pertinent to understanding the stage of manufacturing and an aircraft's progress through it.
How many more frames need rework, and what was the modification/fix?
I don't know the exact answers to your questions - nor do I think anybody outside Airbus or its supply chain does.
What we can say is that assembly started while the test campaign was underway, long before certification was granted. It is therefore extremely likely that Airbus is updating the first customer frames to certification standard. What sort of work has to be done, and how long it may take are, to the best of my knowledge, questions we cannot answer.
I also want to point out that Airbus has opted for a conservative ramp-up. The big picture seems to be that, since not so many frames were in FAL (or rolled-out) when the A350 was certified, the problem should be manageable - nothing like Boeing's early trouble with early-built 787s. Some changes however may also be introduced at sub-assembly sites.
Last Edit: Dec 23, 2014 13:29:21 GMT 1 by philidor