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787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:53 pm

Any ideas as to what they'll be 'writing' or trying to pass over every state or what this one will be?

17 hours left in the air!

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE236
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:56 pm

Wow.... So that means they SERIOUSLY planned for a flight that long? Pretty cool!
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:05 am

Is this one of the GEnx frames?
 
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:07 am

"787-8" looks plausible right now. The 7 is formed, and they are working on the 8?
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:10 am

It looks like they're going to write 787. They might be writing more than that, but the filed route doesn't make any sense yet...



EDIT: The purple line (with the dots) is the route already flown. The green line is the planned route.

[Edited 2012-02-09 16:11:01]
Last Flight(s): YHZ-YYZ//YYZ-YHZ Next Flight(s): YHZ-YHM//YHM-YUL-YHZ
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:10 am

Quoting GoBoeing (Thread starter):
Any ideas as to what they'll be 'writing' or trying to pass over every state or what this one will be?

Based on the filed flight path "787" followed by the Boeing logo. Zoom out a little.

[Edited 2012-02-09 16:11:17]
 
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:13 am

Quoting poLOT (Reply 5):
Based on the filed flight path "787" followed by the Boeing logo. Zoom out a little.

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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:15 am

I see it displaying on mine now. This is cool. 787, next to the logo, on a 19 hour domestic flight!
 
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:16 am

Quoting poLOT (Reply 5):
Based on the filed flight path "787" followed by the Boeing logo. Zoom out a little.

NOW it makes sense...



EDIT: The purple line is the route already flown. The green line is the planned route. Ignore the other red/orange lines (the red is the flight plan for another flight while the orange is a time zone divider).

[Edited 2012-02-09 16:18:45]
Last Flight(s): YHZ-YYZ//YYZ-YHZ Next Flight(s): YHZ-YHM//YHM-YUL-YHZ
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:18 am

Flightaware has the full flightplan mapped out now:
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B...6/history/20120209/2100Z/KBFI/KBFI

Make sure to zoom out for full detail.

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Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:21 am

It's obviously "787-Arghhhh" as the flightplanner died as he was working it out.

And if anyone claims they wouldn't write "Arghhhh" as they died, I think Monty Python proved that he would...
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:26 am

Quoting ikramerica (Reply 10):
It's obviously "787-Arghhhh" as the flightplanner died as he was working it out.

I was thinking it looks like my notes when I fall asleep writing. lol
 
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:47 am

That sounds like a miserable flight test to work on. The only good think is that they'll be paying the engineers overtime to sleep! 19 hours with no hot food and a spartan flight test interior is no fun. There's only so much pacing up and down the aisle, tinkering with the lights, and review of the flight test instrumentation that can be done.
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:51 am

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 12):
That sounds like a miserable flight test to work on. The only good think is that they'll be paying the engineers overtime to sleep! 19 hours with no hot food and a spartan flight test interior is no fun. There's only so much pacing up and down the aisle, tinkering with the lights, and review of the flight test instrumentation that can be done.

Still better than flying LAX-SYD in a UA 747 in Y...  
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:09 am

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 12):
19 hours with no hot food

Most of the 787 test birds have a microwave strapped down somewhere among the test equipment, but that's little consolation for being airborne for that long without a SQ lie-flat!

Quoting United727 (Reply 2):
Is this one of the GEnx frames?

With the obvious need to kill hours being addressed by this flight plan, it definitely looks like an F&R test - I'm with you, it looks like a part of GEnx cert.
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:20 am

Quoting ikramerica (Reply 13):
Still better than flying LAX-SYD in a UA 747 in Y.

Better than LAX-HNL in a........well anything.
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:51 am

Quoting IMissPiedmont (Reply 15):
Better than LAX-HNL in a........well anything.

I don't get it...
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:13 am

Quoting United727 (Reply 2):

Is this one of the GEnx frames?

Yes it is, General Electric GEnx-1B engine.
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:26 am

THis may be the final F&R/ETOPs flight required for certification but I am trying to find out.
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:30 am

Thats really awesome! 

I guess they're doing this just for us (and them of course), as there are not many people in the world that care about this. Or ever see this on a flightmapper...
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:39 am

Quoting Speedbird217 (Reply 19):
I guess they're doing this just for us (and them of course), as there are not many people in the world that care about this. Or ever see this on a flightmapper...

Can it be something related to flight control software demo? For example, demonstrating capability to program and follow complex flight plans with bunch of options in a few clicks, which will be included in training videos - or something along these lines...
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:44 am

THAT is so clever. Good on Boeing!   
 
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:47 am

That is a hoot...No need not to have a chuckle at work....
What the...?
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:50 am

At the end of the 7 which there fling right now, do you think they'll do a loop followed by a roll (Shades of 707 Barrel Role) so the end of the 7 is clear?
 
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:51 am

 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:54 am

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE236

It looks like they will be writing 787-8 from looking at the map. 19 hours total flight time!
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:30 am

Quoting stevenlee505 (Reply 24):


Awesome. They did the same thing with the 747.

"747" looks much more rough compared to "787" - is that just planning thing, or some difference between the planes?
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:32 am

Quoting kalvado (Reply 26):

A guy can get mighty parched on a long flight...you need something strong to wet the whistle.

[Edited 2012-02-09 19:45:16]
What the...?
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:53 am

Looks like they're not drawing the Boeing logo anymore...
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:56 am

This is epic. Flight Aware is not showing the logo anymore and looks like it is heading back to KBFI. Lame.

I called Boeing and they would confirm a 787 is not in the air, but not what it was doing.
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:59 am

Pic of the flight plans before they where changed for those wondering how it looked.

Here is the orginal flight plan with the logo for those who want to see it before it got changed.
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:10 am

My bet is Flight Aware is wrong and the 787 is still making the full logo.

Any ideas on which aircraft this is?

David
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:18 am

Quoting AirlineReporter (Reply 31):
Any ideas on which aircraft this is?

ZA236/LN35 N1015B for Air India. The GEnX aircraft being used for final testing.
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:31 am

Quoting AirlineReporter (Reply 29):
This is epic. Flight Aware is not showing the logo anymore and looks like it is heading back to KBFI. Lame.

Flightaware has been on-again/off-again with respect to mapping this flight plan all day. Compared to a normal flight plan this one is *extremely* complex...it wouldn't surprise me if both fligthaware and ATC are having a tough time keeping up. At the moment they're not headed for BFI and they just executed a step climb (flightaware altitude plot) so they sure don't look like they're headed home or diverting...the filed time also hasn't changed on flightaware.

I'd bet on the mapping getting messed up again. Have to wait until the morning to see what they actually get done.

Tom.
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:57 am

Are they returning home via their previous routings or how does that part work?
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:58 am

Looks to me like they are definitely still doing the logo; FlightAware map just not keeping up. They currently look like they are flying the lower portion of the logo. Compare this shot with the one by agpatel (Reply 30):

 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:00 am

Boeing this would be an ideal time to practice diversions, especially when you're around say GFK. Ill be there at a moments notice .
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:16 am

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 36):
Boeing this would be an ideal time to practice diversions, especially when you're around say GFK. Ill be there at a moments notice

I'm in my PJ's but there is NO chance I'd miss it is she decided to grace GFK with a visit!
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:39 am

Someone should send this to CNN and see if they would pick it up.
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:49 am

Looks like I got off work at the center a bit too early to work the flight. Would have been a fun one.

Quoting amwest2united (Reply 38):

Its CNN, I can already hear the report: "A Bombardier A797 is flying the Airbus logo on a test flight. Wait, this just in, CNN has obtained an exclusive interview with Al Sharpton who has just filed a lawsuit against Boeing for the flight only covering the northern states."
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:16 am

They are still at it on flightaware and working on the logo. Cool.

Wonder if fox is reporting on an a380 making an airbus logo right over the ICBM fields of the Dakotas and threatening american liberty, with NORAD moving to defcon 2 over the stunt, sending the bombers to Toulouse as we speak....   
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:49 pm

Quoting kalvado (Reply 20):
Can it be something related to flight control software demo? For example, demonstrating capability to program and follow complex flight plans with bunch of options in a few clicks, which will be included in training videos - or something along these lines...

I doubt you will ever need to program a flightplan that complex in daily service 
And since you need to enter all the waypoints into the FMC as coordinates anyway (it would be scary if you could write that with existing navaids) this will take forever in any case. I guess somebody at Boeing testflight-dispatch created this on his computer and they just loaded it via Co-Routes into the FMC.
We will probably never know what Boeing was doing there, most likely it's just for fun

Quoting timpdx (Reply 40):
Wonder if fox is reporting on an a380 making an airbus logo right over the ICBM fields of the Dakotas and threatening american liberty, with NORAD moving to defcon 2 over the stunt, sending the bombers to Toulouse as we speak....

This made my day 
 
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:07 pm

http://www.dsaf.co.uk/boe787.jpg

Making the full logo - very clever!
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:22 pm

If they would have expanded the lower right triangle a little further, they could have connected Seattle with Chicago 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:31 pm

The B-787-8 is a most wonderful aircraft. I enjoyed every minute of the flight while I was on board the first inaugural long haul flight from Frankfurt to Haneda. It's all in my trip report.

This is wonderful of Boeing that they worked this 787 in the sky with the logo. It was probably most difficult to put in place. I am happy to see that they have reached their goal.

I loved flying on the very first long haul B-787-8 passenger flight with ANA!

        

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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:34 pm

This is amazing, who would thought that an airplane can draw better than me.

And trust be I would do anything to be on this flight than IAD to ACC on UA 767.
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:09 pm

Quoting dsaf (Reply 42):
Making the full logo - very clever!

That is awesome!
 
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:15 pm

I wish this could've been a mileage run. I would do it in a heartbeat. I see they spent quite a bit of time at 43000 feet. Nice.

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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:25 pm

Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 47):
I wish this could've been a mileage run. I would do it in a heartbeat.

Oh... me too... but only with the ANA 787 as it is the only one taking passengers at this point in time.

Fat chance we get the possibility to fly on a Boeing testing aircraft!

  
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RE: 787 Test Flight In The Air Right Now...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:48 pm

Just watched it land a few minutes ago... great day to be working 10 feet from a window across the street from the BFI tower!
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