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Boeing's advanced training for new 787 Dreamliner

September 26, 2011, 09:33 pm

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner saw a number of setbacks in design and production, but now that the state-of-the-art airliner is finally here, the comprehensive training program for pilots is being revealed, according to Wired magazine.

Boeing's 787 features some of the most advanced automated systems an aircraft has ever seen, including auto-landing capabilities that account for crosswinds and even mechanical failure, but using the technology effectively involves intensive training.

All of the training for the 787 is computer-based, and Boeing has training facilities all over the world. Training programs are also diverse, and the company offers market specific training at the request of the airlines that purchase planes.

According to the source, Boeing's $10 million full motion simulators are used only in the final stages of training, and pilots work mostly in cubicles fashioned to look like the cockpit of a 787 in order to familiarize themselves with the controls. The full motion simulator gives pilots the sensation of actual flight, integrating a combination of hydraulic movement and visual cues - known as accelerating onset cueing - to trick the pilot's brain into thinking he or she is actually accelerating.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for commercial pilots will increase by 19 percent by 2018. 

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