Putting the Boeing 787 on the Map

Who said testing ETOPS had to be boring? At 13:33 PST on the 9th Feb, 2012, Boeing Commercial Airplane Flight 236, painted in Air India livery, departed Boeing Field Intl (KBFI) for an 18 hour maximum ETOPS (Extended Operations) flight test as part of the 787-8 GE engine certification.

Rather than engage in just another certification flight (and, perhaps, in an attempt to generate a little more media attention), the team from Boeing’s Boeing Test & Evaluation division came up with the idea of turning the aircraft into a 200 million dollar “etch a sketch”. The aircraft cruised at Flight Level 350 at a speed of .85M to successfully paint both the Boeing logo and “787″ over northern US airspace.

The skywriting exercise was captured by Flight Aware and other tracking services. Total flight time was 19 hours and 12 minutes with a total distance covered of 16,751 km.

The Sky Doodle as captured by Flight Aware

The Sky Doodle as captured by Flight Aware

The Flight Plan

Following is the flight plan that was filed with ATC.

SEA J12 EPH GEG 4733N 11706W 4236N 11831W 4450N 11752W 4414N 11230W 4710N 11126W 4714N 11125W 4730N 11443W 4214N 11629W 4140N 11325W 4714N 11126W 4645N 10711W 4105N 11056W 4405N 10902W CZI KD81U KD72W 4148N 10335W HANKI YANKI ONL 4201N 9830W KP72C CVA 4148N 9034W GIZCY FOD KP81C KP87A ONL ATY 4523N 9711W KP12C 4743N 9843W 4845N 9655W 4755N 9857W KP15A KP06Y 4248N 10523W MBW ALPOE 4026N 10616W KD60U 3947N 10516W DVV KD60W BENNZ KD63W 4027N 10500W 4040N 10510W 4131N 10501W GYZ KD81W 4728N 9907W 4610N 9804W AMMAJ SOBME 4400N 9820W 4324N 9850W ADEDY ANW 4203N 10104W ALU KD75W 4245N 10424W 4333N 10518W 4404N 10552W 4437N 10558W MARLS YAFLU KU15W POVNY KP18Y 4746N 10000W 4742N 9930W 4753N 9901W MIB JINUK LAMBE 4711N 10515W MLS 4603N 10613W FOURS CZI 4406N 10900W 4643N 10703W 4734N 11444W 4439N 11546W MADPE 4733N 11701W SEA

Flight Profile

Flight 236's Profile as captured by Flight Aware

Flight 236's Profile as captured by Flight Aware

All data sourced from the Flight Aware website.

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  1. Cirrus Charlie says:

    OK…you guys are having too much fun. That certainly tests your waypoint memory depth!


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