The 787 team in Everett has begun what we call the “intermediate gauntlet” on Dreamliner #1 - and testing is now underway.
This means that over the next week or so, the team will really put ZA001 through its paces, simulating in-flight conditions ranging from long-duration standard flights to single and multiple systems failures.
ZA001 during the first engine run tests on May 21.
We’re getting closer to first flight, and the rigorous testing going on right now will help us determine whether the 787 is ready to fly. In the meantime, we don’t expect to be able to provide progress reports as testing continues over the next several days.
It’s going to take the team a little bit of time between the end of testing and the completion of their analysis for us to know the results. We’ll have an update when the intermediate gauntlet testing is complete.
A close-up look at one of the Rolls Royce engines during testing earlier in May. Click on the image to view a short video of the engine tests.
Of course, the purpose of the gauntlet testing - just like all the other tests conducted so far on the 787 Dreamliner - is to find issues and get them resolved before we’re in the air.