FAA and EASA clear 747-8F for early September first delivery (Update1)

Boeing 747-8F N747EX RC501

Boeing announced this morning that the 747-8 freighter has been certified by both the US Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency, clearing the final hurdle before the first aircraft is turned over to Cargolux early in September. Here’s my full story on the certification.

UPDATE 7:25 PM ET: It appears as though the first aircraft for delivery, RC502, will be handed over sometime in the first week of September.
Further, Boeing received notification from the FAA that the final six airport that were threatened by the Congressional budget impasse have been fully certified for use by the 747-8. Internationally, ICAO is expected to hand down its verdict on the 747-8′s wake vortex separation rules “very soon”, says 747 programme vice president of engineering, Todd Zarfos. The 747-400 is required to maintain a 4nm separation and 6nm spacing ahead of general aviation aircraft.
Meanwhile, the 747-8I is progressing into its certification phase of flight test, heading for certification and first delivery at the end of the year. First delivery will see the handover of RC002 to VIP completion, followed by first delivery to Lufthansa for airline service in early 2012. 

9 Responses to FAA and EASA clear 747-8F for early September first delivery (Update1)

  1. CBL August 19, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    This is great news and a beautiful picture ;)

  2. J.A. August 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Yes! this is great news! I work for a major supplier and this is the program I work on. :)

  3. Matt August 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    Why are there a total of 10 pitot tubes (I think?) on either side of the nose? What all is going on there?

  4. Bubba August 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    Are not a couple of those AOA devices?

  5. Niyoko August 19, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    I love the big smile on that frumpy face, lol. Good picture, and good news.

  6. exincredible August 20, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    In reply to Matt’s question, the 747-400 has these external probes
    (the 747-8 is probably different)
    Captain’s main pitot – L
    Captain’s aux pitot – R
    First officer’s main pitot _ R
    First officer’s aux pitot – L
    [each of these also has static ports]
    Left and right angle of attack
    Left and right total air temperature
    [total eight probes]
    A flight test airplane may also have another pair of temperature probes, for a total of ten

  7. explanethings August 20, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    The lowest probes on the nose are likely to be ice detectors. The Total Air Temp sensors are the lower pair forward of the windshield iirc.

  8. Matt August 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Thanks for the explanation on the probes. Interesting that there are separates for Captain and FO — has that always been the case, or a feature in response to things like the AF loss?

  9. jse028 August 22, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Separate pitot-static systems go way back, probably to the 707 and DC-8, maybe even earlier. This sort of redundancy is a long-standing airworthiness requirement for all flight-critical systems on transport category aircraft