Dreamliner Invited To AirVenture


There’s a chance the Boeing 787 will make its airshow debut at this year’s AirVenture Oshkosh. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski has confirmed that Boeing has been invited to show off its latest design and is considering the idea. “The Boeing folks have an open invitation to join us, and we have had discussions about them attending,” Knapinski said Tuesday. He noted that the participation of the Dreamliner and its extent will depend on the aggressive flight-test schedule Boeing has set for the aircraft. The schedule hit a minor setback last week when “workmanship issues” were discovered in the horizontal stabilizers of the five test aircraft.

The aircraft resumed flying Sunday and Monday after a three-day stand down. The 18 787s on the production line were also inspected. “Some airplanes have issues with improperly installed shims and the torque of associated fasteners,” the company said in a statement. The horizontal stabilizers are built by Alenia-Aeronautica.