Boeing earns provisional FAA approval for 787 training courses

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The US FAA has granted Boeing's Training and Flight Services division provisional approval for its 787 pilot training courses.

The now provisionally certificated 787 training courses are intended to transition a 777 pilot to a 787 type rating in as little as five days based on the high level of commonality between the two aricraft.

"Gaining FAA approval for our courses is a significant milestone as we ramp up to the start of flight training," says Mark Albert, director of Simulator Services and 787 Training Programme.

Boeing says "local FAA offices will approve individual operator training courses and "these may be based on provisional approvals".

Boeing used two of its six 787 test aircraft - ZA001 and ZA003 - for handling characteristics familiarity and training course validation, respectively, during its on-going flight test campaign.

Boeing adds that it is working with the FAA to obtain provisional approval for its training devices "at which point formal pilot training will commence".

The provisional designation will be dropped once the 787 is certified, a goal the company has set for the close of 2010.

Boeing Training & Flight Services operates eight training suites, which include a full-flight simulator, flight training device and desktop simulation station, at five locations around the world that include Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, Seattle and Gatwick, UK.

First 787 delivery is planned for the close of 2010 to Japan's All Nippon Airways, though the airframer has cautioned that this could slip to early 2011.