Dimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4057 times:
I am going to be in the Seattle area this week, and i am planning to go back to the Boeing factory tour. There is a great spotting deck that overlooks paine field. I checked it out on flight aware, and it only lists some small private activity, do you know if boeing is required to submit flight plans for test flights and delivery flights? i am trying to plan it to see a heavy or two if i'm lucky.
thanks for the help in advance!
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
Airplanenut From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 649 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3983 times:
Quoting Visityyj (Reply 1): Yes, the flights are filed under BOExxx although the timings are subject to change up to the last minute. They often aren't filed (outbound) until just before departure.
Not only that, but the times are very often wrong. I work across the street and track Flight Aware... very, very rarely are test flights out when scheduled. To see them, the best thing to do is have a radio or a good view of the ramp.
The other callsign to look for is EIAXXX. Any EIA that is a 744 is an LCF. On most days, you'll get one landing or takeoff, but at a random time.
Enjoy the tour... it's a fun place to be.
Also, if you're going to be in Seattle proper, Boeing Field has some cool traffic. In addition to 737 test flights, the two 777Fs are currently there, and between 4-7pm, you'll get a lot of the cargo heavies, such as UPS MD11/767/757, DHL 767, and a DC-8 for a carrier whose name I always forget.