I have had a couple comments about people wanting to see some 787 Dreamliner Flight Deck pictures. So let’s talk a little bit about the new high tech Dreamliner Flight Deck.
The flight deck design is a major change for the Boeing fleet of aircraft. The new design change incorporates new colors, windows, seats, and flight displays. The front panel has 4 screens that span across the whole front panel. It is different from the 5 screen panel that it is the normal. This 4 screen design gives 50 percent more display room than the 5 screen designed 777.
A new feature in the Boeing 787 is a HUD (Heads Up Display). The HUD provides flight data to the pilots on the window in front of them so they do not have to look down on the panels. The HUD is an excellent concept that military pilots currently use. It is now starting to be integrated in the commercial airlines with both pilots having them. Most of the current HUDs were installed for one pilot only.
Boeing did keep the design for the control wheel for the flight controls in front of the pilot instead of switching to the side stick controller like the Airbus family of aircraft. Airbus designed a side stick controller on the side of the flight deck for the pilots instead of the normal control wheel. The side stick controller is just like regular joystick for a computer.
Boeing wanted the flight deck of the 787 similar to the current 777 so it would be easy transition to the pilots of the 777. The current 777 pilots will only need 5 additional days of training to the fly the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner! You will see many of the airlines that operate the 777 now will have 787 for easy pilot transition to the new aircraft.
I hope this post and pictures provided a little more insight of the new design for the flight deck of the Dreamliner. Boeing is starting to go high tech! The next generation of aircraft are making pilots system administrators with all the technology. It takes away the normal stick and rudder flying and more pushing buttons!
Pictures Courteous of SeattlePi