Wed, Aug 17, 2011
Announces End Of Flight Test Program For Rolls-Royce-Powered
All flight tests required for type certification of the 787-8
Dreamliner with Rolls-Royce engines were completed this weekend,
according to Boeing. The all-new jetliner is bringing unprecedented
levels of fuel economy, maintenance cost improvements, and
environmental sensitivity to the marketplace through the use of new
technologies including composites, more-electric systems, advanced
aerodynamics and the latest advancements in propulsion.
Final Test Flight Ends At Paine
"We are very pleased with the
performance of the airplane during the Function & Reliability
and Extended Operations testing over the last month," said Scott
Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program.
"The Dreamliner continues to demonstrate that we will indeed
deliver a truly revolutionary airplane that will be a game changer
in the marketplace."
The final flight occurred Saturday onboard ZA102, the ninth 787 to
be built. Capt. Mike Carriker, chief pilot for the 787 program,
brought ZA102 back to its home base at Paine Field in Everett at
1358 PDT following a 90 minute flight that originated in Billings,
MT. During the flight, the 14-person crew completed simulations of
a dispatch with a failed generator and failed fuel flow
"When ZA102 returned to Paine Field, it brought back with it the
hopes and dreams of the many thousands of men and women of Boeing
and our global partners who have worked so long for this day,"
Fancher said. "Their hard work and commitment to this amazing
airplane has been a true inspiration. We look forward to making our
first delivery to our good friends at ANA in September."
Flight testing continues for 787s with GE engines and for Boeing
test points not related to certification.
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