ANA mechanics complete first 787 maintenance training class

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Ten mechanics from Japan's All Nippon Airways and two regulators from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau have completed the first maintenance class for the Boeing 787.

Boeing says the mechanics completed the training last week, and are the first group of 150 ANA mechanics to complete training during the next seven months. ANA is the launch customer for the aircraft, and currently is scheduled to receive its first 787 in the fourth quarter.

The training entailed more than 30 days of learning how to maintain the largely composite aircraft that included 20 days of theoretical instruction, two days of engine runs and taxi testing, five days of practical training and five days of troubleshooting exercises.

Boeing says the conclusion of the training involved students conducting component identification exams on production aircraft and troubleshooting exams in a full-flight simulator.

Boeing Training and Flight Services has developed an all-digital, internet-based instruction system for the maintenance training, along with training tools to connect real-time to a virtual aircraft and aircraft systems.

The 787 training curriculum is designed to focus on performance-based training that incorporates real-world simulated maintenance scenarios for a more immersive training experience, says Boeing.

The aircraft features digital tools and databases that replace volumes of printed materials, which allow mechanics to navigate quickly through documents to get information they need to do their jobs, the airframer adds.