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Good News For The 787 Program  
User currently offlineEA772LR From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2836 posts, RR: 10
Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 13373 times:

This just in form Flight Global:

787 certification one-third complete: Boeing
By Stephen Trimble

Boeing's 787 programme has completed the first one-third of test and certification requirements for the US FAA in advance of the flight-test phase.

The airframer's chief executive, Jim McNerney, confirmed last week that about 35% of the 787's requirements to obtain airworthiness certification are complete. "Seventy per cent of the certification doesn't have to come from the flight-test programme," said McNerney, addressing Boeing's full-year financial results. "It can come from things we are doing today and we've got about half of that done. We're feeling pretty good about it."

But Boeing still has a heavy workload when the flight test phase begins in June, if it remains on the latest schedule. Boeing plans to complete about 3,100h of flight tests and 3,700h of ground tests to complete certification.

The flight-test programme must not only certificate two new engines, but also qualify the aircraft to perform extended-range, twin-engine operations. The 787 also features new advances in materials, with a mostly composite airframe, and in systems. Boeing plans to build six aircraft for the flight-test phase and to obtain certification in early 2009.


This seems like a breath of fresh air for the Boeing boys. I hope they can continue to say on track.


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User currently offlineEA772LR From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2836 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 13383 times:

Sorry for some reason my post got posted twice.


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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21529 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 13174 times:

This is the part people sort of don't understand. They kept saying the entire certification program was compressed and thus there is no way Boeing could pull it off. But between ground tests and systems tests, the part of certification that involves actual flying is smaller than most realize. 4 planes can get quite a lot of hours in to certify the frame and one engine, and the other 2 can pick up the slack to certify the second engine and do route proving and airport compatibility.

Of course, Boeing still needs to get the planes into the air...  Sad



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User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30978 posts, RR: 86
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 12656 times:
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Good to see continued forward progress.

User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9208 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 12509 times:



Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 2):
They kept saying the entire certification program was compressed and thus there is no way Boeing could pull it off.

What ever...

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 2):
But between ground tests and systems tests, the part of certification that involves actual flying is smaller than most realize. 4 planes can get quite a lot of hours in to certify the frame and one engine, and the other 2 can pick up the slack to certify the second engine and do route proving and airport compatibility.

How many planes did they use for certification of the triple-7? I don't get what qualms people have with the 787...  confused 



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User currently offlineRheinbote From Germany, joined May 2006, 1968 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 12324 times:

"Seventy per cent of the certification doesn't have to come from the flight-test programme," said McNerney, addressing Boeing's full-year financial results. "It can come from things we are doing today and we've got about half of that done. We're feeling pretty good about it."

That's lots of meaningless words. There may be hundreds of requirements that need no flight testing at all and take an hour each to check. But there are a handful that take months of proof-testing and analysis and may fail in numerous ways. "We're feeling pretty good"...sheesh  sarcastic 


User currently offlineSphealey From United States of America, joined May 2005, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 12254 times:



Quoting Rheinbote (Reply 5):
That's lots of meaningless words. There may be hundreds of requirements that need no flight testing at all and take an hour each to check. But there are a handful that take months of proof-testing and analysis and may fail in numerous ways. "We're feeling pretty good"...sheesh

Are you implying that "70%" is not an earned value measure but a numerical checkoff? I would tend to think that it is an earned value measure.

sPh


User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9099 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 12218 times:

Flight global was a but late publishing this, it was in other news media at the start of the month.


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User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30978 posts, RR: 86
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 11932 times:
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Additional good news for the 787 - LN002 is in the house and arrived in a much more complete state then LN001 did.

Flightblogger: Dreamliner Two Brings Progress (by Nycbjr Feb 13 2008 in Civil Aviation)


User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21529 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 10685 times:



Quoting Rheinbote (Reply 5):
But there are a handful that take months of proof-testing and analysis and may fail in numerous ways.

Yes, and many of those are still done on the ground. Some are even continued even after certification is granted. The A380 is still undergoing tests...

This is not the say that you could fly 20 planes and finish flight testing in 1 month. But scheduled correctly, you can do it in 6 months.

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 4):
How many planes did they use for certification of the triple-7?

I'm sure someone knows more info, but it wasn't as high as 6. And that was with 3 engine families to certify, not 2.



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User currently offlineKanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3548 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 9068 times:
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Consider that there is both a production certificate and a airworthiness certificate... I would not be surprised that they are 50% or better on the production certificate... The production certificate is mostly processes and procedures, manufacturing plans, engineering drawings, Quality Assurance processes, test standards etc. and the ability to produce the same results over and over and over with any mechanic/vendor etc.

User currently offlineRheinwaldner From Switzerland, joined Jan 2008, 2225 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 7706 times:



Quoting Zeke (Reply 7):
Flight global was a but late publishing this, it was in other news media at the start of the month.

Even here on this site! Check this link: 787 Certification One-Third Complete. (by WINGS Feb 1 2008 in Civil Aviation)


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