Boeing 747-8KZF N5017Q (msn 36136) PAE (Nick Dean) (3rd 747-8F test aircraft), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) received expanded type inspection authorization (TIA) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the 747-8 Freighter on June 11. This authorization clears the way for FAA personnel to participate in test flights and collect required data.
With the issuance of TIA, the 747 program is beginning expanded certification testing. During this phase of testing, the extremes of the flight envelope are explored. Testing conditions include operations in hot and cold weather as well as takeoffs and landings at high-altitude airports. In addition, over-speed conditions, hard landings and engine-out conditions are tested.
The entire flight-test program calls for a total of about 3,700 hours of ground and air testing. The first 747-8 Freighter delivery is planned for the fourth quarter of this year. The first customer is Cargolux.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The third 747-8F test aircraft, Boeing 747-8KZF N5017Q (msn 36136) is seen at Everett (Paine Field).