Raybolt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 255 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1585 times:
I spoke w/ a CO B757 Cap last week about the winglets, and he said things aren't going too well. He said that they will prob lose Cat III and autoland ability due to a large amount of float on flare. Hopefully things will be worked out soon, I can't wait to see these in action.
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 33 Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1451 times:
There is only one 757 with winglets so far, and it is the CO plane we have seen, being used as the test bed for the new winglets. If all goes well, we will hopefully see them installed on more airlines. But for now, they are still in testing.
CaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1312 times:
Does Continental do an exceptional amount of test work or is it just me?
I remember seeing a magazine cover many moons ago of a CO DC-10 with winglets being tested.
I guess my question in all of this is: Does CO have a corporate culture of always trying to save money no matter what the cost? Or do they just have a lot of extra planes lying around where they can take them out of service for months at a time for development?
Wouldn't it have been more cost effective for everyone involved if Boeing went and pulled a 757 out of the desert to do all the testing and certification before they started pulling planes out of service.. Or did Boeing cut CO one sweet deal on the winglets in exchange for use of an airplane?