Testing the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is the company’s most fuel-efficient airliner, designed to be 20% more fuel efficient than the Boeing 767. The Dreamliner took its maiden flight on December 15, 2009. This video shows footage from that day and discusses the testing process that the Dreamliner must go through in order to be certified. Mike Fromm, who overseas flight test engineering for Boeing’s commercial aircraft, speaks to the testing process: “Here at Boeing test and evaluation, there are three major areas that we concentrate on in trying to get the airplane ready for service. The first area is certification through the FAA and trying to get the plane certified, and the follow-on certification agencies. THe other big area that we do concentrate on very specifically is safety. Safety of our crews, and safety of the airplane, and getting it safe to operate in service. And the third area is the where we take the volume, the huge volume of data that we collect while flight testing the airplane, and reduce that data down into the flight manuals that the airlines and the pilots of those airlines will utilize to operate the airplane.”

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