Remember publicized development curses, in general as follows:
Test Stage Short List.
- Fastener Issues, because lacking supply chain quantities to assemble test aircraft.
- Fastener Installation Issue of not properly installing correctly or using correct fastener in Charleston
- Italy had incorrect tail area required extreme shimming remedy.
- De-lamination issues and corrective shimming procedures
- Wing Box Area Fixes
- Fire in the Electrical (G-spot) on late test flight. (Redesign, six month delay)
- ANA and Japan Airline Engine Issues and other squawks
- United Airlines Electrical Area G-spot(Generator) issues
- Air India multiple squawks with several operational stand-downs
- Air India, Parts-Departing From Engine Charleston Airport/grass fire
- Qatar G-spot (generator) issue
- Japan Airlines Fire in G-spot (battery) operational shut down on aircraft
- Japan Airline Fuel leakage
Now that about 50 aircraft are delivered; suppliers, Boeing and assembly are into a routine of making the 787. No longer are six months used to push an aircraft out the door. The due diligence cannot convert to negligence. However these issues, great and small are fixable, and have not yet caused a call-back to the drawing board in a whole-scale level. Engineering changes yes, but no concept changes, that would be similar to a major redesign and cause the customer fleet a redo as in the pre-delivery days. Currently there are about 20 aircraft in change incorporation that are in the process of redo. These are taking up to an additional two years. Boeing would be extremely smart to come clean on its status of its early issues. They remain confident of the aircraft. It is still a brilliant Idea, but I also wonder how many engineers are running down Boeing's hallways with there hair on fire, while "Baghdad Bob" explains, "we are slaughtering the competition in airplane wars." Are these really typical start-up squawks for an A-typical airplane?
Increased complexity increases the squawks, Airbus take note. These are just A-typical squawks for an A-typical airplane going through teething pains that are not routine issues for a new airplane. An all electric architecture is not typical. The good news is as follows. Boeing overbuilt new systems never before employed. They took the NASA route of multiples for everything until further notice. A test Airplane catches fire in electronics bay during flight over the Rocky Mountains, Boeing just landed later in Texas and found out what went wrong. Safety, redundancy and planning has kept this aircraft flying through the root-canals in its jaw bone.
What is amazing is the safety measures installed on this aircraft. Bugs are still hitting the wind screen, yet it keeps its passengers safe. The Dreamliner may be known as the airplane with an Indomitable Spirit. Forging safely ahead with its all new advances, despite the set-backs.