Just before the start of the long holiday weekend here in the U.S., the 787 team completed the ‘round-the-clock final gauntlet testing on ZA001.
On the evening of July 2, we wrapped up 18 hours of simulated flying on our first flight test airplane.
ZA001 during final gauntlet testing last week in Everett.
This final gauntlet round included a number of scenarios ranging from normal flight to systems failures – a process that puts the airplane through its paces and gets the airplane ready for flight.
Not only that, though, this process puts the Flight Test and Operations team through its paces too. “Flying” all day and night requires a lot of organization, as you can imagine. There are a number of shift changes and the handoffs have to be seamless.
In gauntlet, our flight test engineers, at work stations inside the airplane, monitor the 787’s behavior. The data is recorded and reviewed after the testing.
We’re still going through the data, but we did discover a few things during final gauntlet, most of which we resolved during the testing.
As we’ve said before, this is all part of the process, and why we do testing in the first place.