Thursday, April 18, 2013

BREAKING: Boeing confirms resuming 787 production test flights

Boeing confirmed to me that they are resuming standard Boeing production flight testing under the approval of the FAA.  The production flights will be normal Boeing flights meant to validate the aircraft's systems.  There are no restrictions that the FAA has placed on these aircraft.  All airplanes that are to be production tested will have the new batteries and the containment system installed.  ZA512 (LN 83, JA818A) for ANA was the first aircraft to fly today and fly with the new battery and containment system on a functional check flight.

We should see more and more 787s parked in Everett and Charleston to start conducting their standard B-1, B-2 and C-1, C-2 flights but these airplanes won't be delivered until the FAA has certified the batteries and the containment system for commercial use.

1 comment:

mikebohnet said...

Hi Uresh,
As a new commenter, I would first like to compliment you on your excellent blog. Your spreadsheets are second to none, and I have referred to your data often in various online discussions.

According to Matt Cawby, LN-83 indeed had a functional check flight today.

Finally, I hope your Sandy recovery is going well.

Best Regards,
Mike