Thu, Feb 25, 2010
Precautionary Landing Made At Moses Lake
Boeing's new Dreamliner suffered a slight bump in the road when
one of the test aircraft experienced an "uncommanded loss of thrust
in one of the engines." The test pilots on the flight made a
precautionary landing at Moses Lake airport (KMWH) in central
Wired magazine reports that Boeing's Randy Tinseth posted news
of the glitch on his blog. He said the problem was traced to a
pressure sensor and was easily repaired. The airplane, ZA001, was
flown back to Seattle after being fixed.
Boeing's flight test team has been reportedly pushing the
envelope during the last few flights. They began flutter testing on
Valentine's Day, assuring that any natural vibration in the flying
surfaces naturally dampen out rather than amplify and cause
Flight testing also continues on the 747-8, which was scheduled
to fly to Moses Lake where much of Boeing's flight testing is done.
That team will later go to Palmdale, CA, where the certification
will be completed near the end of the year.
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