Boeing pushing boundaries

Boeing always pushes boundaries. It’s a way of life. 

The “can do” spirit, and the preparedness to take the risk that the company might not be able to deliver on a new and ambitious objective is impressive. The company frequently succeeds.

The latest example of this characteristic I have in mind is Boeing’s plans for 787 pilot training.

The manufacturer says it expects its 787 will handle so like a 777 and the cockpit interfaces will be so generically similar and so intuitive, that a five-day differences course and some time in a fixed-base, touchscreen simulator will suffice for converting 777 pilots direct to airline operations in the new aircraft.



I am prepared to believe the five-day differences training might work, but straight to the left or right hand seat of a 787 commercial flight from a fixed-base, hybrid simulator/touch-screen procedures trainer with no external visual system worthy of the name is stretching it a bit. “Stretching it a bit”, for those unfamiliar with English English as delivered by an Englishman, is an understatement.

I am all in favour of doing more with today’s increasingly smart simulation systems, but this is a step too far.

I suspect Boeing knows the FAA may reject its proposal. But what the hell: if you don’t ask you don’t get.


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One Response to Boeing pushing boundaries

  1. Blu Yonder 28 July, 2008 at 8:35 pm #

    Yet an other short cut attempt from Boeing on the 787. It is hard to believe that a 787 can handle like a 777 given the speed stabilty control sytem of the latter. Not even with Airbus’ FBW C* Law can this realistically happen. In fact, An A380 would feel more like an A320 with a lot of inertia than a closer A340.
    Also the systems relations and procedures in emergency situations which are trained in FFS are what it is all about and not flying from A to B as the report seems to imply.
    It looks like the authorities are actually keeping a good eye on the progress and hold the brakes when necessary.