Boeing reports that it has completed all flight tests it expects to be required for type certification of the 787-8 Dreamliner with General Electric GEnx engines.
This marks the end of all certification flight testing associated with the baseline model of the Boeing 787. Testing on engine and airframe improvements will continue as needed, as it does for all aircraft-production programs.
Ground testing to complete certification requirements has also concluded, according to Boeing.
“The last phase of testing focused on extended operations onboard a production airplane,” says Mike Sinnett, vice president and chief project engineer, 787 program. “The airplane performed beautifully during this testing, further demonstrating its reliability.”
The final flight concluded late last month, with a landing of the 35th 787 built.
Flight testing is one of many elements reviewed by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration before it certifies a new aircraft type. Certification of the 787 Dreamliner with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines was completed in August 2011. Each new combination of airframe type and engine requires additional certification.
“I want to congratulate all of the men and women of Boeing and our partners who helped support our flight test program,” said Sinnett. “They have completed the most robust, thorough flight test program in our history.”
The Boeing 787 features a wide array of passenger amenities including larger windows, cleaner air, higher humidity and a lower cabin altitude.