787 Flies Again

Crews are back at work today analyzing data from Monday’s 787 functional check flight on Line number 86, a Boeing-owned production airplane built for LOT Polish Airlines. The flight, a normal procedure to validate that all systems function as designed, was another step forward toward returning the 787 to commercial service.

Line 86 takes off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. on March 25, 2013.

The plane took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. at 12:11 p.m. for a 2 hour, 9 minute flight south primarily along the Washington and Oregon coastline. Six crewmembers were on board - two pilots, two instrumentation engineers, one systems operator and one flight analyst. The crew reported afterwards that the flight went according to plan.

During the functional check flight, crews cycled the landing gear and operated all the backup systems, in addition to performing electrical system checks from the flight profile. More than 600 of these functional check flights were completed in 2012 across Boeing commercial airplane programs.

Line 86 lands back at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. at 2:20 p.m. on March 25, 2013

With the completion of yesterday’s flight, we’ve begun preparations for certification ground testing and flight demonstration with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, scheduled in the coming days. The plan is to conduct one certification demonstration flight, which will also take place on Line number 86, to demonstrate that the new battery system performs as intended during flight conditions.

Comments (5)

Dynamic Joseph (Lagos, Nigeria):

we thank God that for the battery incidence that occur on the two planes on in Japan and 2nd in the US this has helped us to perfect the electrical systems. I believed that the next ground certification demonstration flight testing will also be successful and our plane will be back in the Air again. Thanks for all your efforts and patience. Dreamliner is what everyone dreams to fly. Thanks to Boeing

Daniel K (Sydney, Australia):

Hi Randy,

Glad to hear about the 787 being back in the air.

Really can't wait all the dreamlinerd to be back in service.

izana kefelegn (addis ababa-ethiopia):

that is good news!!

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

A 787 titled Line 86 can very much mean that plenty of 787s have been built, once the planes are allowed to go back into service, plenty of planes will be in the air.
Congrats to LOT Polish Airlines on being the first European airline to poses the first of an all new generation of airliners of the 21st century.



courage le 787 est l avion de l avenir et les deboires
que vous avez eu demontre que BOEING s en sort toujours

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