|Quoting Contrails15 (Reply 1):|
If it was required to test fly every new route beforehand, air taxi/executive charter operators would be in trouble methinks.
|Quoting DXing (Reply 4):|
Maybe not a flight test but at a minimum they will have to have the airport (and any alternate airports) listed in their ops specs and have shown they have the software in the box and charts in the bag to conduct the flight under FAA rules. A flight test would be the easiest way to accomplish that.
|Quoting Alexinwa (Thread starter):|
Today Icelandair begins service to SEA.
So I'm wondering did they do a test flight before service began or just base it off of computers and the knowledge of the 757 that the flight will work?
Makes me wonder about all long-haul flights?
|Quoting 474218 (Reply 7):|
What you have described in not a "test" flight but a "route proving" flight, and yes there are times that an operator may choose make a "route proving" flight prior to scheduled service, but they are not required.
|Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 5):|
Wouldn't an inspection of the charts and a sim ride be a lot easier way to do that?
|Quoting DXing (Reply 9):|
Don't think a sim would count. CO has been flying to Hawaii for years with wide bodies and 757's, but in order to use 737's on the route they are going to have to fly there and back to satisfy the FAA.