Boeing has a new blog to follow the development of the new B777-200LR. I especially liked this article, by Boeing 777 test pilot Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann. She is the chief project pilot for the -200LR, and I hope she writes again later with more details on what is tested and what kinds of adjustments her trials lead to. It's very rare to see an aviatrix of her age in the industry. I wonder when and where she started and what she's done along the way.
I agree with her about the beauty of the early morning. It almost seems a crime to slice into the quiet stillness of the dawn by firing up an engine, and the air is so smooth. The earlier I can depart, the better. I made a flight services briefer laugh once by stating my flight plan departure time as "as soon as I can tell the mountains from the sky."