From: email@example.com (Terrell D. Drinkard) Organization: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group Date: 29 Nov 93 22:21:36 PST References: 1 2 3 4
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In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Karl Swartz <kls@ohare.Chicago.COM> wrote: >>> Airbus A300/A310 (nearing 700) > >>I have a lot of trouble who lump these two aircraft together as one! > >You'd better take it up with Airbus Industrie, because they lump them >together in one series. Same thing with the A330 and A340. > >>If you look at the A300B4 and its "derivative" the A310, there really >>is not that much in common. New wing, new engine choices, new glass >>cockpit, new rear fuselage, new tailplane, many new systems, etc. > >Pretty much the same will be true of the new 737X as compared to the >original 737-100, too, yet I fully expect Boeing to consider them the >same type. Where do you draw the line? The manufacturer seems to be >the best authority available, and Airbus lumps the A300 and A310 >together. The key is the Type Certificate. All 737s have the same type certificate (not the same as a rating - all 747s use the same type certificate, but the 747-400 has a different rating requirement). The DC-9/MD-80s have the same Type Certificate, as do DC-10s and MD-11s. Presumably the same is true for A300/A310 airplanes. In the last year or two, things have gotten a bit mushier. I'm clueless about the A330/A340 Type Certificates. I'd guess it is much like the Boeing 757/767 Type Certificate, but I don't have any data. The A321 shares the same TC with the A320, and with the A319 if/when it is built. Another interesting question is the Russian aircraft. Tu-204, Il-96, An-124, etc. For those into the really complex, there is still the BAC 1-11, with a UK Type Certificate, and what used to be a Romanian Production Certificate, but without BAC participation, one wonders if the TC will continue to be recognized by Western regulatory agencies. -- Terry email@example.com "Anyone who thinks they can hold the company responsible for what I say has more lawyers than sense."