787 First Flight Takeoff
Boeing says they have started 787 Dreamliner pilot training with the program’s launch customer ANA (All Nippon Airways). According to Boeing, ten ANA pilots began training in a Tokyo classroom earlier this month. Later, on 23 April 2011, training on simulation devices started at the Boeing Flight Services training campus in Seattle, Washington. First delivery of the long delayed 787 is scheduled for the third quarter of 2011.
According to Boeing, the 787 flight training program uses a suite of training devices including a full-flight simulator, flight training device and desktop simulation station to ensure that pilots are ready to fly the Dreamliner.
777 and 787 Commonality
Pilots can transition to the new 787 airplane in five to 20 days, depending on pilot experience, says the company. Boeing 777 pilots can qualify to fly the 787 in as little as five days, given the high level of commonality between the two airplane types.
Boeing has started 787 Dreamliner pilot training with launch customer ANA (All Nippon Airways). Training on simulation devices began 23 April 2011 at Boeing Flight Services training campus in Seattle, Washington. Seen here are Captain Masayuki Ishii, ANA director, 787 flight training (left), and Captain Hideaki Hayakawa, ANA deputy director, 787 flight training.
“This is a significant milestone for our company,” said Hideyuki Shibuichi, senior vice president of Flight Operations for ANA. “Getting our pilots trained and prepared is essential to being ready to take delivery of the airplane later this year.”
In order to bring training closer to customers around the world, Boeing has installed a network of eight 787 training suites at five global campuses: Seattle, Singapore, Tokyo, London Gatwick and Shanghai.