Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Boeing 737 Conducting Low-Altitude Flight Tests

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Boeing 737 Conducting Low-Altitude Flight Tests

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SARASOTA-BRADENTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

A Boeing 737-Max aircraft this week will conduct low-altitude flight tests over Sarasota and Manatee counties.

The aircraft will fly at 1,500 feet from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport to the Gulf of Mexico, which is strikingly low for an airplane of that size, said Lionel Guilbert, operations manager for the airport. The Sarasota region was selected as the test site for its new LEAP engine because of its low airport elevation and its warm temperature.

The test aircraft will fly the shortest possible route to the gulf at 1,500 feet while keeping its landing gear down. Guilbert expects the tests may appear odd to some onlookers, but he stressed there is no cause for concern. Emergency services in both counties have been notified of the tests.

"We did some flights yesterday, and we haven't had any issues yet," Guilbert said. …

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