Archive | February, 2010


Photo of Note: Second Gulfstream G650 takes flight

Gulfstream’s second G650 test aircraft – designated T2 (N652GD) – made its first flight from Savannah/Hilton Head International airport on February 25th with pilots Gary Freeman and Scott Buethe at the controls. The aircraft reached an altitude of 37,000ft and a speed of M.80 and flew for 2h 33min. This is the second of five flight […]

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Boeing: ZA003 first flight slides to March

Boeing has just confirmed that the first flight of ZA003 will be pushed into March in order to install extra test equipment before first flight. Here’s the complete statement from Boeing:  First flight of the third 787, ZA003, has been moved into March. We’ve got some open work to complete on the airplane and have decided […]

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Breaking: Republic Airways to buy up to 80 Bombardier CSeries aircraft

Today’s order from Republic Airways for 40 firm and 40 options for the Bombardier CS300 is a big step forward in building the Canadian airframer’s backlog for the next generation narrow-body. Though the order does not put to rest a lingering question about the 2013 entry into service of the CS100 – who will be […]

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Video & Photos: ZA004 is airborne!

ZA004 rotated off of runway 16R around 11:45 AM from Paine Field with Heather Ross and Craig Bomben at the controls. Special thanks to Sandy Ward and Future of Flight for the video and KIRO7 TV in Seattle for the photos. TRACK THE FLIGHT

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Better Know a Dreamliner – Part Three – ZA004

ZA004 – Registration: N7874 – Serial No: 40693 – Final Assembly: 8/04/08 With Dreamliner Four’s first flight just hours away, Boeing’s 787 test fleet is about to get a big boost. While this is the third 787 to fly since December 15, 2009, ZA004 is the fourth in the fleet of six test aircraft being […]

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RC501 moves to Moses Lake, ZA001 to return to flying

RC501 has relocated to Moses Lake after a late afternoon (38min) flight on Monday afternoon that delayed the morning departure due to minor troubleshooting on engine number one. The aircraft reached an altitude of just over FL240 and spent much of the flight conducting tests if the aircraft’s flight controls. The aircraft will spend its initial airworthiness […]

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February 22 – The Week Ahead Open Thread

First (ZA004) and Second (RC501) Flights The first 747-8F and the fourth 787 (third to fly) are slated to fly this week – we think. First thought to be taking place on Monday, there’s been some speculation about taking steps to look at ZA004′s Trent 1000 engines after a in-flight uncommanded loss of power during […]

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Movie Monday – February 22 – A letter from an airline pilot

Another Movie Monday from the vault of historical airline footage on YouTube! This week a “Letter from an Airline Pilot” chronicling the operations of TWA circa 1947. The 23min video is an incredible historical look into the mid-century operations of the Lockheed Constellation (photos) including the production, training, flight operations and maintenance of the aircraft […]

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Where did ZA001 spend the weekend? (Update with answer)

Strange title for a post I know, but when ZA001 landed at Moses Lake just before 1pm on Friday after just over an hour in the air it raised some eyebrows for those of us watching Flightaware. The aircraft had filed an 8hr flight plan on Friday for flutter tests at FL300 with BFI-BFI flight […]

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Happy 28th birthday 757!

Often imitated, never duplicated. Boeing’s 757 turns 28 today as it marks the anniversary of its first flight from Renton Municipal Airport on February 19, 1982. Check out those crosswinds! A tip of the hat to NYCAviation for the birthday reminder.

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