Archive | May, 2009

Boeing confirms ZA001 intermediate gauntlet underway

Boeing’s first 787, ZA001, is two days into its planned seven-day intermediate gauntlet test that will test integrated functions of the aircraft systems while fooling the aircraft into believing it is flying, the company confirms. The testing got underway Friday evening and rolled into Saturday morning, according to Aviation Week. Guy Norris outlined five blocks […]

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Photos of Note: A Different View of Dreamliner One

I woke up this morning to find some pretty spectacular photographs in my inbox. You’ll recognize the plane in the photos, though the angle at which they were taken is a little different that we’re used to. The following photos of ZA001 were taken from the traffic pattern over Paine Field yesterday afternoon. They really […]

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The Road to 787 First Flight – May 28 – 2nd gauntlet phase set to begin

UPDATE 7:56 PM ET: Boeing is spending today on “shop gauntlet work” on ZA001 in preparation for the intermediate gauntlet, now scheduled for tomorrow. In addition, today’s early morning engine runs have also moved to tomorrow ahead of the second phase of the gauntlet. As originally planned, the intermediate gauntlet will begin with the B-1 […]

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A closer look at the 787 gauntlet revision

With Boeing’s revised intermediate gauntlet testing approaching rapidly, potentially as early as today or tomorrow, down from last week’s two week estimate, the airframer has offered some clarity about the source of its confidence for its compressed pre-flight testing. The change is the result of two methodological reevaluations in the approach the company had taken […]

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Report: Airbus thwarts industrial espionage at Tianjin plant

French newspaper La Tribune reports this morning that Airbus has thwarted multiple attempts at industrial espionage at its Tianjin A320 facility. ROUGH TRANSLATION: Airbus reportedly foiled in recent months several attempts atindustrial espionage at its plant in Tianjin, which opened its doors inAugust 2008, according to our information. The President of Airbus, Tom Enders, has […]

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May 26 – The Week Ahead Open Thread (Tuesday Edition)

Journeys Across Continents GroundedI visited Journeys Across Continents this morning only to find that it was shutdown yesterday. Yellow Herbie, as he’s known to his many readers – including this one – was a FO on a Malaysia Airlines 777, and chronicled his crisscrossing the world from the right seat of the twin jet. There’s […]

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New Air France 777-300ER gets the SkyTeam treatment

Air France SKYTEAM Boeing 777, originally uploaded by moonm. I figure this is another in the unintentionally continuing series of posts about Air France 777s. The latest 777-300ER built for the airline sports the new silver Skyteam livery. The aircraft, F-GZNE, is the fifth to wear the updated livery. A picture of the plane was […]

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The Road to 787 First Flight – May 22 – Revising the gauntlets

Day one of engine testing saw the twin Trent 1000 engines run as high as 80%, with propulsion testing wrapping up around 10:30 PM PT yesterday evening, according to program sources. In addition, the aircraft underwent further testing of the flight control hydraulics and very-high frequency and high frequency radio checks. Higher power setting runs […]

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Video: Boeing 787 – ZA001 – Engine Start – May 21, 2009

Dreamliner One Engine Start from Liz Matzelle At 9:31 AM Pacific Time at Boeing’s Everett facility, the first 787 Dreamliner spooled up and started its twin Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. The white smoke seen in the video is the engine storage oil being burnt off during the initial start. At the time of the start, […]

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Live Coverage: 787 First Trent 1000 Engine Start, Part Two

Follow live blogged coverage here and on Twitter. 5:39 PM: Boeing’s official release indicates that today marked, “The first all-electric start of a commercial jetliner engine on a commercial jetliner.” Adding that the electrical power used to start the Trent 1000s was drawn from the Hamilton Sundstrand Auxiliary Power System, not an external ground cart. […]

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