The 787 is the first Boeing airliner to come with dual head-up displays (HUDs) and dual electronic flight bags as standard, and was designed in co-operation with pilots from the International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations (IFALPA).

“It’s an international aircraft and that represents a lot of opportunities and challenges, so when it came to the 787, that’s why Mike Carriker [787 chief pilot] specifically went out and invited IFALPA,” says 787 assistant chief pilot Mark Feuerstein. “We wanted the design to link back to the 777 so we could build on its strengths and minimise the training expense.”

At the same time, Feuerstein adds: “Although the 787 flightdeck is ‘smart’, it’s not so smart that it leaves all the others behind. For example, there are a lot of 767 operators looking at this aircraft, and we didn’t want to make this such a huge leap that we’d alienate them.”

IFALPA president Dennis Dolan says the 787 design team successfully developed “an aircraft which will have an ergonomically sound flightdeck layout and intuitive display presentations”.

Source: Flight International