Fri, Jun 10, 2011
How'd You Like To Among The First To Crew A Whole New
Generation of Airliners?
Talk about a milestone (and 'no' pressure)... Boeing and ANA
(All Nippon Airways) have completed pilot training in Seattle, WA,
for the first airline crews who will fly the 787 Dreamliner. Ten
ANA pilots concluded their training after each pilot performed
flights in ZA001 – the first 787 flight test airplane –
over Washington state. These initial crews to go through training
are ANA's senior training pilots and check airmen and will conduct
both simulator and airplane line training for ANA in Japan. They
will be the first pilots on 787 commercial flights for ANA.
"Boeing and ANA have a close working relationship, and this is
and has been a personal and emotional journey together," said
Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services. "We've been
putting in some long hours to get to this point, and seeing the
completion of the first set of training is a testament to our team
and to the dedication of our partners at ANA."
Airplane ZA001 was used to conduct two base training flights on
May 25 with Boeing instructor pilots and ANA pilots on board. Each
ANA pilot performed approaches at Grant County International
Airport in Moses Lake, WA. Activity included one instrument landing
system (ILS) precision approach and two visual approach patterns
per pilot, with touch-and-go landings. A Boeing instructor pilot
occupied the right seat during all flight activity, with the ANA
pilots cycling through the left seat belonging to the captain. The
flights followed a preparatory session in the 787 full-flight
simulator during which the pilots practiced the procedures used
during the flights.
"Each milestone is getting more and more exciting as we approach
first delivery," said Mike Fleming, vice president, 787 Services
and Support. "I couldn't be happier with how smoothly the training
went and how our Boeing teams continue to work together with ANA to
ensure a smooth entry into service."
The flights, part of Japan Civil
Aviation Board (JCAB) mandated training, also provided further
validation that the 787 simulators and overall Boeing training
program accurately replicate the feel and operation of the 787
airplane. All of the pilots from the first crews received a
qualification check ride from the JCAB during their simulator
training and are now considered to be fully qualified to fly the
787 under Japanese regulatory authority.
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