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After a hectic weekend at Everett it seems as if all testing has so far gone to plan and that ZA001, the first 787, may soon be moving again under its own power. The aircraft currently remains at Stall 105 on the flight line, but sources indicate an all-hands 'safety walk' is expected to take place sometime today - generally taken as a good sign of imminent taxi testing.For those interested in numbers, ZA001 has been fitted with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000's 10015 and 10016. The engines were maintained and given minor 'tweaks' during the six-month delay, but are substantially unchanged since June. The first major change will come next year when the upgraded 'Package B' engines are retrofittted to ZA004 later in the flight test program. ZA004 is currently assigned engine's 10023 and 21. ZA002, which is due to commence systems ground tests today, is powered by 10012 and 10020, while ZA003 has 10018 and 10019. The first Package B engine, which is designed to bring the Trent-powered 787 to within 1% of spec, is set to enter tests in the UK later this week.
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