797charter From Denmark, joined Jun 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3642 times:
Our dear friend Jon Ostrower, has authored this week's cover story for Flight International, the story of "what happened" the last year. In my opinion a well balanced article - it is long but indeed worth spending half an hour with:
If I should express some concerns about the 787 right now it (from my point of view) will be the "power up" schedule. As I recall it, the A380 programme was more or less on schedule until it was powered up first time.
I really do not hope the same will happen for 787.
Barbarian From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3500 times:
Quoting 797charter (Thread starter): As I recall it, the A380 programme was more or less on schedule until it was powered up first time
In fact, power on and the subsequent push for first flight, whilst difficult, only caused a minor slip to the schedule. The big slips started well into the flight test campaign as we struggled to make the wiring for the ICE systems work for the first customer aircraft (MSN 003/005), where the bespoke wiring solutions implemented for flight test MSN 007 wouldnt surfice.
I have said before that i still think Boeing are going to have a huge task ahead of them after power on and first flight for the same reasons.
Then add to this all the modifications that will be required to all the airframes in production as a result of the fatigue/static tests, flight test, and the subsequent evaluation of the load data used in the initial design vs the actual findings from the test campaign....... and manage this change through a suspect supply chain, struggling to cope with the demands of the original production requirements, whilst still trying to catch up on travelled work on the dozen, two dozen? components already delivered..... all on a step change aircraft.
I know this sounds negative, but i think Boeings problems have barely begun on the 787.