The Boeing 787 is characterized through a number of radical changes that were incorporated in the design of the aircraft. Examples are extensive use of composite materials, no-bleed engines and mostly electrical aircraft systems. As such it is sometimes labelled, together with the Airbus A350, as a "5th generation aircraft". Also, the 787 shares a common type rating with the 777, enabling pilots to qualify on both aircraft simultaneously. The presentation will focus on the pilot perspective of flying the 787, what effect do the design changes have on the actual operation of the aircraft? How does the cross-variant flying work out in practice?

Arun Karwal is a graduate from the Faculty, and is a Research Test Pilot at the National Aerospace Centre NLR. Next to his research work he is an airline pilot, flying the Boeing 777 and 787 in regular airline operations.

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