10 JANUARY 2011


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Article from BTNews 10 JANUARY 2011

787 gets airborne again

Boeing resumed flight test activities with the 787 Dreamliner on Thursday 30 December.  The company has installed an interim version of updated power distribution system software and conducted a rigorous set of reviews to confirm the flight readiness of ZA004, the first of the six flight test aircraft that will return to the programme.

“Initially, we will resume a series of Boeing tests that remain to be completed in the flight test schedule.  That testing will be followed later by a resumption of certification testing,” said Scott Fancher, Vice President and General Manager of the 787 programme.  Today’s testing will include an intentional deployment of the Ram Air Turbine (RAT), which is a small turbine that is deployed when back-up power is required.

“As we return to flight test and determine the pace of that activity, we remain focused on developing a new programme schedule,” Fancher added. “We expect to complete our assessment of the programme schedule in January.” www.boeing.com/commercial

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