Boeing Begins Final
Phase Of 787 Flight Testing
By Eddy Metcalf
June 28, 2011 - Boeing has begun Function & Reliability
(F&R) testing and extended operations (ETOPS)
demonstrations on the 787 Dreamliner. This is the final
phase of flight testing prior to certification of the
"We are ready for this final phase of flight testing,"
said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager
of the 787 program. "The team has created a solid plan
for accomplishing the hours and test points required for
F&R and ETOPS testing in support of delivery to our
customer ANA in the August to September time period."
testing simulates various normal and non-normal operations for
the airplane, in a realistic airline-like flight environment.
ETOPS refers to extended operations ? for twin jets, flights
that are more than 60 minutes away from a suitable landing
field. During ETOPS demonstrations the company validates the
airplane's ability to safely divert for a variety of reasons,
including long diversions with one engine shut down.
addition to F&R and ETOPS testing for the 787 with Rolls-Royce
engines, Boeing continues certification testing on 787s with
General Electric engines and will conduct a separate F&R/ETOPS
test program for that version of the airplane. Other activities
will continue on the flight test fleet to support Boeing
objectives including examining potential technologies for the
787-9 and testing engine improvement packages.
787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine
jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It seats
210 to 330 passengers, depending on the variant. Boeing states
that it is the company's most fuel-efficient airliner and the
world's first major airliner to use composite materials for most
of its construction. The 787 consumes 20% less fuel than the
similarly-sized Boeing 767. Some of its distinguishing features
include a four-panel windshield, noise-reducing chevrons on its
engine nacelles, and a smoother nose contour.
aircraft's initial designation was 7E7, prior to its renaming in
January 2005. The first 787 was unveiled in a roll-out ceremony
on July 8, 2007, at Boeing's Everett assembly factory, by which
time it had become the fastest-selling wide-body airliner in
history with 677 orders. By March 2011, 835 Boeing 787s had been
ordered by 56 customers. As of 2011, launch customer All Nippon
Airways has the largest number of 787s on order.
development and production has involved a large-scale collaboration with
numerous suppliers around the globe. It is being assembled at the Boeing
Everett Factory in Everett, Washington. Aircraft will also be assembled
at a new factory in North Charleston, South Carolina.
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