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.