Archive | August, 2010

Second passport stamp awaits 787 with Icelandic crosswinds

While the 787′s flight over to Farnborough featured evaluations of ZA003‘s communications systems, the aircraft’s three days visit to the UK air show was far from a rigorous test environment. The only evaluations that took place on the ground were by the 787′s customers. As early as Tuesday, ZA002, painted in the colors of the […]

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To right its jumbo, 747-8F set to get significant executive boost

With first delivery likely to slip into 2011, Boeing is making significant executive moves to right its jumbo freighter program. Effective Monday: Pat Shanahan, current vice president of airplane programs, has extended his responsibilities on the program and will oversee flight test, certification and delivery of the 747-8F. His role as head of airplane programs […]

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Breaking: Boeing confirms 787 slip to mid-first quarter 2011 (Update1)

Passed midnight on the east coast and this is just out from Boeing: EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Boeing (NYSE: BA) Company said today that it now expects delivery of the first 787 in the middle of the first quarter 2011. The delivery date revision follows an assessment of the availability of an […]

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Boeing set to announce 787 delay Friday (Update3)

SEATTLE — Late Thursday, ATW reported that Kenya Airways managing director and CEO was notified first delivery to All Nippon Airways will slip an additional three months , placing the handover at the end of the first or beginning of the second quarter of 2011. Historically, Boeing’s last step before announcing a further delay tothe […]

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Flightglobal test pilot Mike Gerzanics flies CAE’s 787 simulator

In June, Flightglobal was invited by civil and defense simulator manufacturer CAE to get hands-on with its Boeing 787 Series 7000 full-flight simulator. Mike Gerzanics, Flightglobal test pilot and current 737 captain and I traveled to Montreal, Canada for an up-close look at a new Level D simulator that will be used to train Continental’s […]

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Travel Day: DCA-BDL-ORD-SEA

Travel Day: DCA-BDL-ORD-SEA, originally uploaded by flightblogger. HARTFORD — I’m currently in the middle of my day bouncing across the country. I’ve wrapped up my visit to Pratt & Whitney in Hartford and Middletown where the company tightened the final bolt on the first PW1524G engine to test. After a grueling 24-month, eight-engine certification program […]

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787 gets iced in August for handling qualifications

How is it possible that 787 is flying icing tests in late August in the skies over Seattle? In fact, Boeing’s fifth 787 flight test aircraft – ZA005 (N787FT) – has been been doing exactly that – flying maneuvers to evaluate the handling and stall characteristics as if ice were forming on the 787′s wings, […]

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Regulatory authorities confirm Trent 1000 failure was uncontained

Just out from Bloomberg: Rolls-Royce Group Plc was forced to temporarily close a site used to trial jet engines for Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner model and the rival Airbus SAS A350 after a turbine blew up on the test bed earlier this month. The failure of the Trent 1000 engine, which powers the Dreamliner, resulted […]

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ZA002 spending Monday going polar for 787′s longest flight to date

As I write this, ZA002 (N787EX), Boeing’s second 787 flight test aircraft is cruising up the coast of Canada at 36,000ft bound for the North Pole to spend the day evaluating a myriad of navigation systems. I plugged in ZA002′s flight plan into Great Circle Mapper to get a sense of 787′s polar route, which […]

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Mystery expansion from Embraer, Gulfstream and Boeing

In the just the last two weeks, three mystery facilities across the United States have come to the fore with varying degrees of clarity, and three of the worlds biggest aircraft makers are closely involved and not saying a word. On August 19, Boeing announced it was going to be expanding assembly and sub-assembly operations […]

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