Boeing photo.This Thales-manufactured 787 full-motion flight simulator is located at the Boeing Flight Training & Services Seattle training campus

With delivery of the first Boeing 787-8 aircraft scheduled for the third quarter 2011, Boeing Training & Flight Services is consolidating its global pilot training program around 5 campus housing various simulators and computer based training equipment. The program encompasses 20 certifications covered by several nations aviation regulatory bodies; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on behalf of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) where 5 Boeing global training campus are located Seattle, Singapore, Tokyo, London Gatwick and Shanghai which only qualified last month.

For instance All Nippon Airways, the launch customer for the Boeing 787 has sent its first 10 pilots to undergo the training curriculum that began earlier this month in Tokyo in anticipation of their airline receiving its first aircraft latter this year as part of a 45 Boeing 787-8 and 5 Boeing 787-9 order. Pilots qualified on the Boeing 777 are reportedly capable of completing the full transition to 787-8 in as little as five days of training, against the 20 days that are normally required.

The Boeing 777 flight deck achieves significant commonality with the 787-8

 

The flight training programs employ full-motion flight simulators, Flight Training Devices (FTD) and desktop simulation stations. The FTD deliver the entire suite of systems available on the aircraft without being enclosed in the full-motion powered cabin simulating the aircraft motion. The desktop approach brings introductory and intermediate familiarization with the aircraft systems which are faithfully replicated on PC type screens. Instructors and pilots can spend time walking through procedures and acquiring more knowledge virtually operating the aircraft various systems. The enclosed full-motion flight simulators are fully replicated 787 cockpit to practice various phases of flight maneuvers which Boeing describes more accurately as “visual maneuvers, instrument landing system (ILS) and non-ILS approaches, missed approaches using integrated approach navigation, non-normal procedures with emphasis on those affecting handling characteristics, and wind shear and rejected takeoff training”

The suite manufactured by Thales Training Systems in Crawley, England has achieved C-level certification with Federal Aviation Administration FAA (with D-level being the highest certification level) and European Aviation Safety Agency last year ensuring almost fully accurate replication of actual flights parameters on the 787-8. The 9 training suites supplied to Boeing Training & Flight services each includes a full motion flight simulator, flat panel trainers and Flight Training Devices along with desktop based simulation systems.

The FAA is currently holding records for one level C full motion flight simulator suite also incorporating its level 5 Flight Training Devices registered with Boeing United Kingdom Training & Flight services at Crawley, as well as another two flight simulators/FTD suites registered with Boeing US Training and Flight Service Seattle Campus.

Altogether we have been able to determine that Boeing actual Boeing 787-8 global flight training program delivered through Training and Flight Service 5 campuses has been arranged as follows:

Singapore Campus: 2 full motion flight simulators (C level) suites with flat panel trainers and Flight Training Devices along with desktop based simulation systems (with Thales manufactured full motion 6 degrees of freedom flight simulators)

Shanghai Campus: 1 Thales manufactured full motion flight simulator (C level) suite with flat panel trainers and Flight Training Devices along with desktop based simulation systems (with Thales manufactured full motion 6 degrees of freedom flight simulators) set up March 2 2011

Tokyo Campus: 2 Thales manufactured full motion flight simulator (C level) suites with flat panel trainers and Flight Training Devices along with desktop based simulation systems (with Thales manufactured full motion 6 degrees of freedom flight simulators)

London Campus: 1 Thales manufactured full motion flight simulator (C level) suite with flat panel trainers and Flight Training Devices along with desktop based simulation systems (with Thales manufactured full motion 6 degrees of freedom flight simulators)

Seattle Campus: 3 Thales manufactured full motion flight simulator (C level) suites with flat panel trainers and Flight Training Devices along with desktop based simulation systems (with Thales manufactured full motion 6 degrees of freedom flight simulators)

Airlines on the other end have turned to CAE Inc. based in Canada, the leading manufacturer of flight training and simulation systems for commercial operators. CAE has already become the main supplier for major Boeing 787-8 customer airlines like Continental, Air New Zealand, JAL, Qantas relying on its CAE 7000 line of full flight simulators, CAE Simfinity suite of desktop virtual simulator/ virtual maintenance trainer (VSIM / VMT) and various FTD (Integrated Procedure Trainers.

Launch customer ANA is expediting its Boeing 787-8 pilot training program due to its large order for the type

 

Written by admin