Tue, Aug 25, 2009
Second Round Of Taxi Tests Completed Last Week
Boeing Vice President for Marketing Randy Tinseth said in his
blog that a new timeline for the B787 Dreamliner may come late this
quarter, which would be the end of September. "(O)ur focus is on
developing and implementing a detailed plan for design, analysis,
component tests, full-scale static testing and production
modification. This takes time, resources and many organizations
working together. We plan to announce the new program schedule
later this quarter," he wrote on Monday.
Tinseth also reported that the second dreamliner (ZA002)
completed low speed taxi tests at Paine field last week. The
aircraft was painted in ANA livery, one of the airlines waiting for
production to get underway. The tests included taxi speeds up to
100 knots, as well as a 'brakes only' stopping tests for the
ZA001 Taxi Test July Photo Courtesy
Tinseth said the "side of body" modifications of the test
airplanes still need to be resolved before they are ready to fly.
Meanwhile "(t)he team tells me the airplane is performing well, and
completing this testing now will be very helpful as we get closer
to first flight on Airplane #1," he wrote in the blog.
Boeing engineers will now analyze the data collected from this
second round of taxi tests.
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