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Gulfstream Aerospace has added aircraft to the
flight-test programmes of both the super mid-
size G250 and ultra-large G650 business jets.
The third and final G250 test aircraft took
off for the first time from Ben Gurion airport,
Tel Aviv, on 28 June. It completed a 2 hour, 56
minute flight, reaching a maximum speed of
250 knots and a maximum altitude of 20,000ft.
The G250 is being developed in collaboration
with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the
three aircraft will complete a 1,300-hour flight-
The US manufacturer has now also added a
fourth aircraft to the 1,800-hour G650 flight-
test programme. The aircraft completed its
maiden flight on 6 June, spending more than
five hours in the air.
The latest G650 is the first production-
standard aircraft, outfitted with a full cabin
interior, which will be installed over the
summer. The prototype is intended for
cabin-systems testing and will continue
flight-testing after the interior is installed. --
Boeing announced at the beginning of July that
it has completed the firm configuration for the
stretched 787-9, bringing years of collaboration
with airline customers and partners to fruition.
"Firm configuration means the airplane's
structural, propulsion and systems architectures
are defined and not changing," says Mark
Jenks, vice-president of 787-9 development at
Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Boeing completed the trade studies required
to finalise the aircraft's overall capability and
basic design, allowing the manufacturer and
its suppliers to begin detailed design of parts,
assemblies and other systems. Production will
then begin as detailed designs are completed
and released. The first 787-9 delivery is
scheduled for late 2013.
"We have a disciplined process in place
to ensure we have completed all of the
requirements for the development stage of the
programme," says Scott Fancher, Boeing vice-
president and programme general manager.
The 787-9 is the second member of the
787 family. A slightly bigger version of the
787-8, the aircraft will accommodate 250-
290 passengers, 16 percent more than its
stablemate. The -9 will have a range of 8,000-
8,500 nautical miles (14,800-15,750 km).
Separately, Boeing says it recently identified
a workmanship issue with the 787's horizontal
stabilisers. Some aircraft have been found to
have problems with improperly installed shims
and the torque of associated fasteners.
"This finding requires inspection of all
airplanes and rework if discrepancies are
found," Boeing says.
An inspection and rework plan is being
implemented for aircraft in production.
"For those airplanes requiring rework, we
expect it will take up to eight days for each
airplane. It is not unusual for these issues to
arise in the course of production programmes
-- they are identified, dispositioned and dealt
with through our normal processes," the
The company says reports that the fleet was
"grounded" by the problems are incorrect. It
adds that it decided to inspect the horizontal
stabilisers on all flight-test aircraft before
their next flights to ensure any rework would
be completed as quickly as possible. The
inspections were carried out in late June.
"We expect that this issue will be addressed
within the existing program schedule," Boeing
says. "The 787 remains on track for first delivery
to ANA by the end of this year."
The 787 prototypes passed 1,000 hours
of flight testing on 16 June. According to
the manufacturer, the programme has now
completed about 40 percent of the test
conditions required for certification.
"More work remains, but we are seeing
excellent progress in flight test," Fancher says.
"It's also important to note that we are making
solid progress on the ground testing required on
the flight test fleet as well."
The first 787 with General Electric (GE) GEnx-
1B engines, test aircraft ZA005, completed
its maiden flight on 16 June, with a 3-hour
and 48-minute excursion over the state of
"The airplane handled just like I expected,"
flight Captain Mike Bryan said after landing.
"It was just like every other 787 flight that I've
flown in the last several months -- smooth, per
plan and excellent."
ZA005 will be used to test the GE engine
package and demonstrate that the changes
made with the new engine do not change the
aircraft's handling characteristics.
The sixth and final 787 to join the flight-test
programme is expected to fly before the end of
July. -- Andrzej Jeziorski
NEWS IN BRIEF
ALL NIPPON Airways (ANA) and Air Macau
were set to begin a codesharing and reciprocal
mileage agreement on 1 July. Under the
agreement, ANA will put its NH flight code on
Air Macau's services to Tokyo's Narita airport
and Osaka. In turn, Air Macau will add its NX
code to ANA's domestic flights. In this way,
the two carriers will expand their respective
networks into Southern China and Japan,
"giving passengers increased convenience
and ease when travelling between the two
countries", ANA says.
Gulfstream flies new test aircraft
Boeing finalises 787
The stretched 787-9 is designed to seat 250-
290 passengers -- 16 percent more than the -8.
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