Archive | September, 2007

Some Required Viewing

Whatever your take on the conclusions Rather draws, this is a part of the story of this airplane one way or another. Please view and discuss. Dan Rather’s HDNet Report on the safety of the 787 Whatever your reaction to this is, you need to read the following as well. Safety of Composite 787 questioned; […]

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Some Required Reading

I’ve been away on a much needed extended vacation and lots happened this weekend. Section 44 and 46 for Dreamliner Three arrived from Italy wrapped in black plastic on Tuesday. Sections 43, 45/11 are expected early in the morning on Wednesday from Japan. Flight is operating as EIA5186. While I stepped away there was a […]

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A Busy Weekend Ahead

There’s a busy weekend ahead for the LCFs. N747BA (LCF1) was spotted at PAE on Friday loading shipping fixtures for this weekend’s trip to Japan and N780BA (LCF2) is in Charleston prepping for it’s trip to Italy. Both LCFs are expected to leave their respective bases Saturday or Sunday and are scheduled to return around […]

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Tweaking The Schedule, Part Two

All is quiet tonight in Everett. Dreamliner One is still off of its landing gear. ZY997 can’t move to Building 40-23. The delay in first flight has reduced the urgency of the move. However, if the urgency was the same the aircraft would be unable to move. The spotting opportunity to see ZA001 and ZY997 […]

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Riddle Me This, Part Five in a Series

This was WAY overdue.L/N 23:Q: 35 00 N, 105 00 E 90 DegreesA: China Eastern L/N 24:Q: “You want me to chuck a crustacean onto a plastic doll?!”A: QANTAS L/N 25:Q: Perhaps the most notoriously bureaucratic airline in the world, let alone the subcontinent.A: Air India L/N 26:Q: Please refrain from yelling “Free Eritrea!” at […]

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September 9, 2007

Everett ZA001Structural work is the primary task continuing on Dreamliner One in Everett. The aircraft is still off of its landing gear and surrounded by scaffolding. Doors three and four are not yet reattached. Once structural work is completed wiring and systems installation will commence. First flight is scheduled to take place between Mid-November and […]

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Update Rundown: First Flight Delayed

The conference call ended a little while ago and I wanted to give a rundown of what we heard. It’s worth noting that this writer attempted to ask a question on the call and was blocked from doing so. Now to the key points: – First flight has been delayed. It is expected to take […]

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Conference Call Coverage – 11:03 AM

Glen Farley: Which problem is biggest contributor to delay? “It’s a horse race to see who will contribute to the delay most.” CALL ENDED

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Conference Call Coverage – 11:01 AM

What’s going on at Alcoa? Removing temporaries causing damage? “Working with Alcoa on a daily, hourly basis to get the fasteners we need. The set up puts out one wad of bolts at a time. Substitute (flightworthy) fasteners being used, they however add weight to the aircraft.” “700something fasteners left to install.” What type of […]

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Conference Call Coverage – 10:50 AM

Dominic Gates: Have you located everything you’ve needed to locate on Dreamliner One? What about damage when removing the parts? “Not indicative of follow on aircraft. No worries about how follow on aircraft will be. Partners are focused. Under size fasteners used as to not damage structure.” Carson: “1-3 month delay would have little impact […]

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