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Boeing atrasa o primeiro voo do 787

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A Boeing acaba de informar que irá atrasar o primeiro voo do 787 devido a um problema estrutural identificado na lateral da fuselagem da aeronave utilizada para testes estruturais estáticos. Que banho de água fria em todos que esperavam o primeiro voo até o final desse mês. De acordo com o “press release” abaixo, vária soluções para o problema já foram projetadas e que a aeronave poderia voar com uma solução provisória, mas que a Boeing preferiu fazer a coisa certa e projetar e construir uma solução definitiva. Não é raro ocorrerem re-desenhos estruturais em aeronaves novas.
Que pena…mas é melhor ter um avião 100% seguro.
Foto: cortesia Flightblogger
Abaixo o press release da Boeing:

Boeing Press Release:

Boeing Postpones 787 First Flight
EVERETT, Wash., June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced that first flight of the 787 Dreamliner will be postponed due to a need to reinforce an area within the side-of-body section of the aircraft.
The need was identified during the recent regularly scheduled tests on the full-scale static test airplane. Preliminary analysis indicated that flight test could proceed this month as planned. However, after further testing and consideration of possible modified flight test plans, the decision was made late last week that first flight should instead be postponed until productive flight testing could occur.
First flight and first delivery will be rescheduled following the final determination of the required modification and testing plan. It will be several weeks before the new schedule is available. The 787 team will continue with other aspects of testing on Airplane #1, including final gauntlet testing and low-speed taxiing. Work will also continue on the other five flight test aircraft and the subsequent aircraft in the production system.
Scott Carson, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said a team of experts has already identified several potential solutions.
“Consideration was given to a temporary solution that would allow us to fly as scheduled, but we ultimately concluded that the right thing was to develop, design, test and incorporate a permanent modification to the localized area requiring reinforcement. Structural modifications like these are not uncommon in the development of new airplanes, and this is not an issue related to our choice of materials or the assembly and installation work of our team,” Carson said.
Boeing’s financial guidance will be updated to reflect any impact of these changes when the company issues its second quarter 2009 earnings report in July.
Boeing will hold a conference call with Carson, Pat Shanahan, vice president and general manager of Airplane Programs, and Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, to discuss the 787 program today at 10:00 a.m. EDT, 7:00 a.m., PDT. A webcast of that call will be accessible at http://www.boeing.com/.
Contact:
Yvonne Leach, Communications, 206-854-5027
Lori Gunter, Communications, 206-931-5919
Rob Young, Investor Relations, 312-544-2140
SOURCE: Boeing

Sobre o Autor

Graduado em Manutenção de Aeronaves, com muito bom senso :) 30 anos de aviação comercial (e contando), de Lockheed Electra à Boeing 787. Tentando simplificar a complexidade da aviação.
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