Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Paine Field December 30

N787BA touch and go. Dreamliner One came back for a full stop then departed for Boeing Field.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Paine Field December 29

LCF N747BC will probably arrive on December 30th with a 787 wingset from Nagoya.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Paine Field December 28

787 N787BA came in for a touch and go about 4:15 PM, then went to Boeing Field.

Cathay Pacific B-KPN delivery flight to Hong Kong.

AeroLogic D-AALD returning from a customer flight. The airplane is scheduled to fly again on December 30.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Paine Field December 27

BOEING 001 flight, 787 N787BA and T-33 N416X departed Boeing Field at 2:51 PM and returned to Boeing Field at 4:40 PM after conducting autopilot and wing anti-ice testing in eastern Washington. A planned touch and go at Paine Field was canceled.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Paine Field December 23

N787ZA is moved from stall 115 to ATS Hangar 3...

...and Dreamliner Three is moved out of the hangar to the fuel dock.

Philippine Airlines RP-C7776 first flight.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Paine Field December 22

EVA Air 777s B-16715 and B-16716 will be at the terminal ramp for some time while ATS does interior work on the airplanes.

Cathay Pacific B-KPN test flight.

N787EX First Flight

Dreamliner Two off Paine Field. Shortly after takeoff there was a dragging brake indication, floor vibration, and a problem with the nose gear drag brace. Flight was extended about an hour trying to work the gear problem.

ANA JA784A test flight.

N6066Z is the latest 787 on the flightline (to the right of the tent).

Monday, December 21, 2009

Paine Field December 21

EVA Air B-16716

AeroLogic D-AALD returning early from first flight to get a pitot air data module replaced.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Paine Field December 18

ANA JA784A first flight.

Static pressure cone installed on 747-8 N747EX.

Static pressure cone installed on N787EX. A selcal check (BQ-GM) was conducted with Boeing Everett Radio in the morning. At 6:00 PM Mike Carriker began a simulated 100 knot RTO on RWY 16R and takeoff on 34L.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Paine Field December 16

BOEING 771 A6-SIL ferry flight to OMAA.

Qatar Airways A7-BBE does an RTO after returning from a test flight.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

787 First Flight

N787BA first flight December 15, 2009

Boeing Challenger N548BA arrives at 9:00 AM.

N787BA off Paine Field at 10:27 AM. After encountering poor weather conditions while flying over the Strait of Juan De Fuca, the decision was made to land at Boeing Field ETA 1:33 PM.
Listen to the 787 takeoff and the flightcrew perform system checks when airborne. Hot digity dang, it works.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Paine Field December 14

Qatar Airways A7-BBE high speed taxi before first flight.

Qatar Airways A7-BBE returns to the Boeing ramp after an incomplete B1 flight. Pilot declared an emergency one hour after takeoff when the captain's window shattered.

Public viewing area for the 787 flight. It should rotate right behind the windsock in the background. Paine ATIS at 1753z: Wind 110 at 5, visibility greater than 10, ceiling 800 overcast.
Airport officials brief the media at their designated area for first flight.

N836BA arrives with some Boeing VIPs

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Paine Field December 12

Nose wheel leaves the ground as N787BA completes the last taxi test of the day.

Dreamliner One returns to the nest after six hours of driving up and down the runway.

787 Taxi Test

Boeing 001 does a taxi test on RWY34L. Tests began this morning at 8:20 AM.
World famous aviation photographer Royal King has exclusive photos here:

Friday, December 11, 2009

Paine Field December 11

EVA Air B-16716
747-8 N747EX

FedEx N851FD delivery flight to Memphis.

787 Update December 11

A static pressure cone has just been attached to the tail of N787BA. Taxi tests will begin early Saturday and continue until dark.

Boeing is advertising a first flight window beginning Tuesday, December 15. The Dreamliner One B1 flight will require VFR conditions during the estimated 5 hour endurance before N787BA recovers at Boeing Field in Seattle. The notorious Pineapple Express weather system is expected to arrive Tuesday, bringing heavy rain to western Washington. Rain is predicted daily until December 20.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jet Airways VT-JEL

December 10, 2009

Paine Field December 10

787 move from the 45-03 paint hangar to stall 209.

Flight crew was in BOEING 001 today and conducted a selcal check (GR-AB) with Boeing Everett and a radio check with an airborne aircraft (BOEING 924 LAN CC-CXJ) on standby power.

LAN Airlines CC-CXJ high speed taxi.

Jet Airways VT-JEL high speed taxi.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009