United727 From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 418 posts, RR: 1 Posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4837 times:
Arriving about 16 minutes late of its anticipated arrival, one of Boeing's Dreamliner's (N7878X?) touched down on RFD's Rwy 25 with little Pomp and Circumstance, due mostly to poor weather. Both the FED and Homeland Security made there presence known well before the plane arrived and thereafter. After its arrival, local political dignitaries and news media swarmed the International Terminal where the 787 is parked. Most notable was the quiet approach of this aircraft (powered by the RR Trent engines) and significant wing flex seen just before touchdown. The plane is smaller than I imagined from photos and videos, but very sleek nonetheless. RFD and Boeing are not allowing the general public on-board during its stay. The aircraft is scheduled for a Wednesday (1/25) departure at 8am. I didn't take photos, but they will available on RFD's facebook page sometime today.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10391 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4512 times:
I assume it is in Rockford because of Hamilton Sundstrand's presence. HS is one of the largest suppliers on the 787 and I think their Rockford division designed the electrical power generation/distribution system. It's great to let the people who worked on the design see the actual airplane.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
ups707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3551 times:
Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 1):
I assume it is in Rockford because of Hamilton Sundstrand's presence. HS is one of the largest suppliers on the 787 and think their Rockford division designed the electrical power generation/distribution system. It's great to let the people who worked on the design see the actual airplane.
That is exactly why it is there. Next up on this segment of the tour are Dublin, Huntsville, AL & St. Louis.
Correct. Boeing doesn't plan to sell the first three frames to customers, and their intensive testing is done. They've retired #1 pending donation to a museum. #2 is being held in reserve for the moment in case it's needed for extra testing. #3 is undertaking a big marketing tour.
Correct and also confirmed at RFD was that ship 3 will be put in reserve after this PR campaign is complete. The Boeing official also noted that ships 5 and 6 (equipped with the GE motors) are doing well in the certification process and that should be complete shortly. The Boeing VP of the 787 program was nice enough to come to the fence and talk to us earlier today!
Boeing MX began their pre-flight check this afternoon around 1500 and the crew will be in place at 0600 tomorrow morning to prepare for their O/B to DUB as BOE787
robo65 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2790 times:
Two United pilots fly 787 for first time
Posted January 23, 2012
For the first time, a Boeing 787 took off with a United pilot at the controls. On Monday, Flight Operations Managing Director Jim Starley and Boeing 777 Assistant Fleet Manager Niels Olufsen each had a turn on the flight deck on Boeing Flight 787 from McConnell Air Force Base near Wichita, Kan., to Rockford, Ill.
Capt. Niels Olufsen, left, our Boeing 777 assistant fleet manager, and Capt. Jim Starley, right, our flight operations managing director, on Monday became the first two United pilots to fly the Boeing 787.
"This is very exciting for me and especially for the company," said Niels. "I wish all of our pilots and ground instructors could have been here. It's a beautiful airplane."
The flight took just over an hour and cruised at 35,000 feet. Niels took off and flew the first half of the flight. Jim took over and landed at 10:06 a.m.
"Up to this point, the airplane has just been something that is coming," Jim added. "Now that we've gotten to fly it, it's a reality, and we are excited about putting this into service later this year."
Both Jim and Niels are type-rated on the 787 through simulator work.
Yes it is actually CO pilots however the story came from the United Daily and they are listed as UA pilots. There is no actual UA pilots that have had any training on 787. The first two original routes planned for the 787 were AKL and LOS.
With the delays no new start up dates have been announced. UA will receive 6 787's this year, the first being in June or July. They will be flown domestically for a short period before starting international routes. LOS has stated with a 772ER for now as a replacement until the 787's arrive.