View Full Version : 787 cockpit...or...where do I put the coins in?

Buster Hyman
2nd Sep 2005, 04:03

EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 31, 2005 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] today revealed the flight deck for the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The flight deck features new technologies while retaining significant operational similarity with the popular Boeing 777 and other Boeing jets. The combination provides airlines with dual benefits -- operational improvements and cost-saving commonality.

"We worked with airlines and their pilots from around the world to be sure that the changes we introduce with the 787 are improvements that help increase situational awareness and better manage pilot work load," said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787 program.

The new flight deck features much larger display screens than previously seen in airplanes. The five 12-by-9.1-inch screens offer 546 square inches of display space -- twice that of the Boeing 777 -- allowing pilots access to more information.

Other key features of the new 787 flight deck are the dual head-up displays (HUDs) and dual electronic flight bag. Boeing has offered HUDs and electronic flight bags on other models but with the 787 they are standard features. HUDs display information on clear screens mounted at eye level so the pilots can see flight data while looking out the windows. Electronic flight bags are the digital equivalent of the pilot's flight bag and include maps, charts, manuals and other data.

"One of the ways we are making the 787 a more valuable asset for the airlines and the financiers is by making more features standard," explained Bair. "In this way, 787s can be more easily moved as needed between fleets."

Another way that the 787 helps operators is by retaining a significant amount of commonality with the 777. Pilots who fly the 777 will need only five days of training to be ready to fly the 787. Airlines that use "mixed fleet flying," scheduling pilots to fly more than one kind of airplane, will find that the 777 and 787 are effectively configured for such operations.

Bair said: "Our job in configuring the flight deck and determining how the airplane will operate is to help the pilot have better access to information so that he or she can make the best decisions possible."

The 787 offers new information formats including an airport moving map for safer ground taxi operations and a vertical situation display to give a graphic rendering of approaching terrain profiles.

"This flight deck was designed to provide the best work environment possible for pilots," said Mike Carriker, chief pilot for the 787 program. "Anyone who has flown a Boeing commercial jetliner will feel right at home in the 787, and also will notice definite improvements."

Like the passenger cabin, the flight deck will feature unique styling that helps to create a pleasing atmosphere. And pilots will also enjoy the reduced maximum cabin altitude of 6,000 feet.

"As much as passengers are looking forward to the improved flying experience we are designing into the cabin of the airplane with its bigger windows and pleasing architecture, pilots are also going to want to fly in the 787 because of its flight deck," said Carriker.

2nd Sep 2005, 07:36
Lovely. :yuk:

However..........how lovely does it all look on a dark, stormy night, on emergency power with a 300 hour sprog in the right hand seat and a neurotic, spoiled, hysterical hostie giving you grief?

Sorry.....mean "spoilt" not "spoiled".

"Spoiled" is when the seeing to has been overly vigorous. :E

2nd Sep 2005, 08:27
Bloody hell.

That looks like something out of an Ikea catalog.

2nd Sep 2005, 11:38
Yeah but than Ikea has got some tastefull stuff for sale, and this just looks [email protected]!!

Lon More
2nd Sep 2005, 11:46
Suitably named :O

I suppose it's just cgi?

Kaptin M
2nd Sep 2005, 13:17
the flight deck will feature unique styling that helps to create a pleasing atmosphere. Boeing have been using that SAME line for as long as I can remember, with each release of their new model aircraft.

That said, I was speaking with a mate who transitioned from the Boeing to the Bus a couple of years ago.
He STILL cannot forgive himself for making the move (which he is adamant was a backward one).

Having said THAT tho', imho, McDonnell Douglas made aeroplanes (airplanes) that "worked", for pilots - comparable Boeing products were "agricultural".
And then along came Airbus - 3 steps back from Boeing! :ugh:

Have to agree, the max cabin alt of 6,000' will go a long way toward helping reduce fatigue (but is obviously going to place a lot more stress on the fuse. components).

2nd Sep 2005, 13:22
Where's the O2 valve?
And can a PPL land the bloody thing? :O

PS. Those lockers on either side of the seats...is that where the inflatable pilots are stored?! :E

2nd Sep 2005, 13:36
I'm impressed. About time for a change.

Devlin Carnet
2nd Sep 2005, 13:42
I bet tower is really made up that both pilots have buggered of after lining up!:uhoh:

Darth Nigel
2nd Sep 2005, 15:05
So where does the Engineer sit?

2nd Sep 2005, 16:21
On the pilots lap of course

Maude Charlee
3rd Sep 2005, 11:10
Ah, so that's what laptop technology is all about. :}

Kaptin M
3rd Sep 2005, 11:17
"So where does the Engineer sit?"

He's out of the picture.................and has been for a while :{

3rd Sep 2005, 11:18
Where do you plug yer iPod in????

3rd Sep 2005, 11:25
Question is, does it run on Windows XP?

3rd Sep 2005, 11:29
No they went to apple this time, got a better deal:} So it will be more compatible with your I-pod Jer.

3rd Sep 2005, 11:31
Question is, does it run on Windows XP?

Christ I hope not although if it did, would there be a 'classic mode' control panel display

3rd Sep 2005, 11:35
"Oh crap!!! Something on the runway. Going around.................."


3rd Sep 2005, 11:50
I've found the controls for the Windows version of the aircraft....


3rd Sep 2005, 12:13
once again a line from "Airplane"

Throttle. . . flaps. . . brakes. . . airspeed. . . altitude. . . wash . . rinse. . dry. . .

Jump Complete
3rd Sep 2005, 12:24
"mmm, Nice!"

Is it just me, or does it look like one of those shuttle thingies from Star Treck?

3rd Sep 2005, 13:14
Those seats look very upright and uncomfortable.....whatever happened to the sheepskin lining that you used to get on pilots seats? havn't seen that on any new designs lately, always liked the "Del Boy" look.


3rd Sep 2005, 13:26
......whatever happened to the sheepskin lining that you used to get.....
You mean that furry stuff that rapidly compacts into a matted felt-like area where the buttocks park.

Ends up smelling of sheep, too. :yuk:

Not that I've sniffed any sheep, you understand.

Buster Hyman
3rd Sep 2005, 15:11
Does Air New Zealand know there's no sheepskin covers????:ooh:

3rd Sep 2005, 15:34
So that's why ANZ flies into UK?! BAA...BAA...!