Boeing announced today it has completed flight testing the Rolls-Royce powered 787 Dreamliner for type certification with the Federal Aviation Administration. The final flight took place Saturday and was a relatively simple simulation of a flight dispatch with a failed generator and failed fuel flow indicator.
The 90 minute flight from Billings, Montana back to the factory at Paine Field north of Seattle was the end of a flight test program that started on December 15, 2009. Seven flight test aircraft have completed more than 1,700 flights totaling more than 4,800 flight hours.
Flight testing with the General Electric powered 787 will continue and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Saturday’s final flight test should mean the airplane will be issued a type certificate in the next few weeks and launch customer All Nippon Airways will begin service some time next month.
It’s probably no coincidence that a video was released on Saturday (after the jump) showing the 787 buzzing a familiar tower and performing a host of impressive maneuvers while evading an Airbus A380 (h/t FlightBlogger).
Photo: Boeing, Video: 3-D Aviation
Via Wired Autopia: http://www.wired.com/autopia/