Archive | June, 2010

Travel Night: IAD-FCO

Travel Night: IAD-FCO, originally uploaded by flightblogger. I’ve got an overnight leg from Dulles to Rome for a visit this week to Alenia. Needless to say my list of questions is very long after the events of the past week. Boeing has been making all the public comments about the horizontal stabilizer workmanship issues and […]

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ZA002 returns to testing, ZA003 flies home to Seattle for further inspections

Boeing conducted inspections Friday of the 787 horizontal stabilizers on ZA002 and ZA003, the only two 787s not in layup. Both returned to flying on Sunday, but with different purposes. ZA002 used Sunday to conduct autopilot functional tests, while ZA003, which has been based at Pinal Air Park in Marana, Arizona for high intensity radio […]

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First Korean Air A380 peeks out in Toulouse

If there’s one thing in aviation that remains constant, no matter what side of the Atlantic (or Pacific) you find yourself on, spotters love the chance to peek between cracked hangar doors. In Toulouse, the Korean Air’s first A380 (MSN035) was spotted in one of the final assembly hangars. The South Korean carrier is quickly […]

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A Sunday must read: Seattle Times on composites

I know it’s already Monday in Asia, but add this to your reading list. The Seattle Times has published a lengthy look at the crash impact and fire characteristics of the 787′s composite fuselage, a piece has been in the works for several years. The article includes some interesting new information about the evolution of the […]

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787 makes first appearance in Google Maps

ShareCreateApture™ This is notable for no other reason than I thought it would make for a good Saturday morning post. The first 787, ZA001, has shown up on Google Maps for the first time. The photo was taken while the aircraft was in the middle of gauntlet testing. Best I can tell, the satellite photo […]

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Gaps in horizontal stabilizer prompt another Alenia 787 quality issue

Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates reported this afternoon that structural gaps in the 787′s horizontal stabilizer have forced the imposition of a reduce operating flight envelope on the five 787 flight test aircraft. Here’s my complete story on the horizontal stabilizer, which explains the problem in a bit more depth and why the improper […]

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Programming Note: Spilling Some Ink

Noticed there haven’t been a lot of updates here lately? I have too.  To put it mildly, I’m deep underwater working on features for our pre-Farnborough air show issue which comes out on July 12. The traveling I’ve been doing lately to Montreal and Seattle has been in support of that upcoming issue and much […]

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Photo of Note: ZA006 readies for the flight line

Boeing 787 Dreamliner N787ZA ZA006, originally uploaded by flightblogger. EVERETT — We had a zip through the factory this morning via Dreamliner painted golf cart (a first) and we spotted ZA006 (N787ZA) inside the 40-24 building. The aircraft was being prepared on the site of the future 787 surge line. First flight for this aircraft […]

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Inside the Factory: Cathay Pacfic’s first 747-8F

Inside the Factory: Cathay Pacfic’s first 747-8F, originally uploaded by flightblogger. EVERETT — Just arrived in the factory for an afternoon of tours and spotted the first 747-8F for Cathay Pacfic Cargo inside Building 40-22.

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Movie Monday – June 21 – Flying the Convair 880

SEATTLE — In a continuation of last week’s Movie Monday which took us through the industrial preparations for production of the General Dynamics Convair 880 jetliner, this week’s edition takes us inside the ground and flight testing of the new jet that took place between January 1959 and May 1960. What struck me about this […]

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