Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Some quotes and updates for all the Boeing Programs
I was able to attain a copy of the transcript of the interview that Jim Albaugh had recently.
The first thing I would like to share that I read from the transcripts is that ZA003 IS set to offically have its first flight on March 21, 2010. Although #3 it will actually be the fourth Dreamliner to fly for the program.
For the 747-8F flight test program there should be 2 more added over in MWH by the end of the month. This program is expected to however move down to southern California very soon. The reason it is going to be down there is bacause of the lack or rampspace and personel at BFI to operate 2 flight test programs.
Direct 787 updates/quotes-
"We've got a very aggressive flight-test program in front of us. We're going to have six airplanes flying. We have to fly those airplanes around 90 hours a week."
ZA001 has managed to reach a mach spped of .97 and a crusing altitude of 43,000ft with pressurization still showing at only 6,000ft. The program is about 40% through flutter testing which began on Feb. 14.
"Right now we've got a month, month and a half of contingency in the program against the entry into service date later this fall, early next winter, but I want more contingency. We're working very hard to improve the efficiency of the test program, which means do more test points per flight. And we're also trying to improve the turnaround of the airplane so we can get more hours in the air with the six airplanes we're going to have."
The first delivery off of the Charlston line is expected to be in 2012.
The program has achieved approximently 8 flight for a total air time of about 33 hours.
"We have a third airplane that's coming on line on the 15th of this month and we have another airplane coming online on the 17th."
And my quote of the day from hom on On the Air Force's aerial refueling tanker competition:
"It's the longest running soap opera since Days of our Lives. I'm not sure we've seen the last episode."
Have a good day everyone and thank you Seattle PI for posting the transcripts from this interview!