Two years ago, Flight International was offered a preview of the Boeing 787’s flying qualities when Mike Gerzanics flew and reported on CAE’s full-flight 787 simulator. The day before my evaluation flight of the aircraft itself, I spent time in one of Boeing’s simulators, which would prepare me well for the real thing. The preview Dreamliner was flight-test aircraft ZA005 (N787FT), configured with General Electric GEnx-1B engines. The flightdeck was production representative, while the passenger cabin was configured for flight-test operations.
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