I hope this is the right forum. I don't want my hand slapped again!
Since Boeing appears to be a few months from certification of the 787 I was wondering what the final process is like. Do they gather all the data and plans, load a truck, and drive it to the FAA all at once, or is the certification done part by part, so that some parts may already be accepted and its just a matter of the final details in the closing weeks?
I can see a reason for doing it the first way, since changes in one area could have an unforeseen impact in another. On the other hand, done all at once it would take a long time from the end of testing to EIS.
Is Boeing likely to get initial type certification soon, and then ETOPS later (but still before EIS)? If that were the case they could paint out the Experimental signs in the next couple of months. I imagine that doing ETOPS testing of an experimental aircraft is a hassle because they would need special permission from every county they fly to.
Considering the foreign exchange earned by delivering 20 787s this year (they are all going overseas), even if they are discounted, it will be a big plus for the US balance of payments. I hope the FAA is devoting enough resources to get it done.