Boeing Airliner 787- First Test Flight was done on__________________ at ____________and approved/ cleared for commercial flights??
* 787 granted experimental airworthiness certificate by the FAA
* High-Speed taxi tests are complete "
Boeing's busy day on the ground kicked off at 6:30 AM with a flight readiness review that finalized receipt of the Experimental Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA. This regulatory clearance now puts the 787, with clearance to operate Part 91 operations, the same regulatory category as aircraft like the Cessna 172. Once the Experimental Airworthiness Certificate had been obtained, the aircraft was cleared for final taxi tests.By ten minutes past eight in the morning, chief pilot Mike Carriker and engineering pilot Randy Neville had boarded "ZA001" along with a handful of flight engineers closely monitoring telemetry stations inside the aircraft's cabin. The air stairs were pulled back and the chocks removed, Carriker and Neville were ready to power on ZA001 for its first taxi tests in si ...more