Proficiency. 787 pilot training is based on a complete, detailed task analysis of pilot actions required to fly the airplane. These tasks define the pilot knowledge, skills, and crew resource management abilities necessary to perform those actions. Systems instruction is reinforced with hands-on training. Pilot training courses meet the regulatory requirements of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency. Courses are approved for Federal Aviation Regulations Part 142 and Joint Aviation Requirements-Flight Crew Licensing (Type Rating Training Organization). Course lengths may be adjusted based on the pilot's experience and English language ability, and can vary based on individual operator circumstances and requirements.

Shortened transition and rating. STAR courses allow pilots with experience on different Boeing models to train together, giving both the airlines and their pilots more flexibility.

As a comparison, courses to train pilots on non-Boeing models require that the pilots have identical backgrounds and career paths to train together. This requirement forces airlines to send the crews through more costly full-transition training.

A global network of 787 training centers. Alteon will have nine full 787 training suites around the globe to support the growing number of 787 operators. Having 787 training centers closer to customers' home base reduces operators' training-related costs, such as crew downtime.

The locations include two in the United States, and one each in China, England, India, Japan, and Singapore, with two locations yet to be announced. Each training suite includes a full-flight simulator (see fig. 2), a flight training device (see fig. 3), desktop simulator-based training, maintenance training tools, and a door trainer. Most of these Alteon-designated 787 centers will be ready for training in advance of the first airplane delivery.

Figure 2

The 787 full-flight simulator is a Level D device with six degrees of freedom; wide day, night, and dusk visuals; and selectable customer options. It includes dual heads-up displays and electronic flight bags and a brief/debrief station. The line-oriented simulation training verifies proficiency in normal procedures. The simulator is designed to train pilots to become proficient in visual maneuvers, instrument landing system (ILS) and non-ILS approaches, and missed approaches using integrated approach navigation, non-normal procedures with emphasis on those affecting handling characteristics, and wind shear and rejected takeoff training.

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Figure 3

The 787 flight training device provides flight crews with the same flight management and control systems as the full-flight simulator, making it ideal for instrument familiarization and reinforcing knowledge of airplane systems. It develops proficiency in all normal procedures, simple non-normal procedures, the flight management system, autoflight operations, and display operations, including electronic flight bags and heads-up displays. It also enables flight crews to become familiar with complex non-normal procedures.

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787 launch customer ANA (All Nippon Airways), as well as Northwest Airlines and Shanghai Airlines, are home to three of the Alteon training centers that include 787 training suites and sophisticated maintenance training classrooms.

Distance learning. Distance-learning training options enable students to complete portions of the computer-based training segment of a selected course at their home station prior to arriving at the training center. Individually paced, highly interactive computer-based training is available for all airplane systems and can be customized to major airplane options, including engine type, displays format, and units (pounds or kilograms). The courseware is managed through Alteon's online Learning Management System.

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