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May 04, 2012

DFW airport unveils A380 mock-up for fire training center


It's big. It's tall. It's burnt orange.

On Thursday,the airport unveiled its new double-decker Airbus A380 model where airport fire fighters can train on handling fires on the world's largest passenger aircraft.

“We are committed to maintaining the best training firefighters and facilities in the world, and this A380 mockup is a key piece of the infrastructure that we need,” said airport chief executive Jeff Fegan. “Our aircraft rescue and firefighting teams are known globally for their excellent training and preparedness, and we expect to share our research and best practices with airports worldwide.”

The DFW Fire Training Research Center is currently in the middle of a $29.2 million renovation program that will be completed at the end of 2012.

Photo by Star-Telegram photographer Khampha Bouaphanh.

-Andrea Ahles


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I hope that aircraft never comes to DFW. It's going to have another tragic accident caused by the sidestick/fly-by-wire design, just like AF447. Mark my words.

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