The 787 Dreamliner, the world’s first e-Enabled commercial airplane, combines the power of integrated information and communications systems to drive operational efficiency, enhance revenue, and streamline airplane maintenance.
By Kevin Gosling, Manager,
787 e-Enabling Implementation and Deployment
The e-Enabled tools on the 787 will be a dramatic change from any other commercial airplane previously operated (see fig. 1).
The 787 incorporates a number of e-Enabled systems, many of which are being implemented for the first time on a commercial airplane.
|Wired Ethernet Ports
Flight Deck and Both EE Bays
Local Area Network Unit
Local Area Network Units
||Electronic Flight Bag Servers
These tools promise to change the flow of information and create a new level of situational awareness that airlines can use to improve operations. At the same time, the extensive e-Enabling on the 787 increases the need for network connectivity, hardware and software improvements, and systems management practices (see fig. 2).
In order to prepare for the new 787 e-Enabled airborne systems, airlines will set up interfacing e-Enabled systems on the ground with Boeing assistance.
- Terminal Wireless Local Area Network Unit (Basic)
- Crew Wireless Local Area Network Units (Optional)
- Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting
System (ACARS) and Very High Frequency (VHF)
Data Link Mode 2 (Basic)
- Provisions for Broadband Satelite Communcations
Advanced Technology Flight Deck
- Fewer Line Replacable Units
- More Software
Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag Applications (Basic)
- Electronic Logbook
- Onboard Performance Tool
- Electronic Document Browser
Video Surveillance (Optional)
- Wireless Software (Loadable Software Airplane Part) Staging
- Wireless Downlinks (e.g., Engine Health Monitoring, Airplane Condition Monitoring, Continous Parameter Logging, Configuration Management, etc.)
- Wireless Maintenance Access
Core Network (Basic)