Questions tagged [boeing-787]

A twin-engine widebody jetliner produced by Boeing since 2007, typically carrying between 242 and 440 passengers. Notable for being the first Boeing jetliner to utilize composites for a large portion of its structure.

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Why does the Boeing 787 engine nacelle exhaust have such an unusual shape?

Why does the Boeing 787 nacelle have this unique shape at the exhaust: I haven't seen it on any other airplanes, does it serve an aerodynamic purpose or help engine efficiency or is it just to look ...
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What is a gust alleviation system?

Reading about the 787 it says it has an active gust alleviation system similar to the system used on the B-2 bomber. [1] The gust alleviation patent says: The gust alleviation system picks ...
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What are the effects of the Boeing 787's very flexible wings?

I recently came across this picture of the Boeing 787 series aircraft's incredible wingflex: I suppose this is a consequence of using very light CFRP wings, but how does the wingflex itself improve ...
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Does the B787 (Dreamliner) operate with higher cabin pressure?

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner's fuselage is almost completely made of composite carbon fibre material, which is not susceptible to metal fatigue. The main reason why the cabin pressure in a pressurized ...
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Why can't Norwegian's Boeing 787 operate from Vegas during hot weather?

In a German news article it was stated that the additional weight (Norwegian puts 291 passengers on their 787-8) leads to operations restrictions in Las Vegas when temperature conditions exceed 40°C. ...
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Could the Boeing 787-9 near vertical takeoff demonstration be performed by Airbus A350 aircraft?

I am an aviation enthusiast. A couple of months back I came to know about the difference between piloting Boeing and Airbus planes here. What are the main differences piloting Boeing vs. Airbus ...
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How does the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's glide ratio compare to other airliners?

I just saw a documentary on the design of the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" and one of the designers said that the wings were inspired by gliders. Looking at the production version of the plane, it is ...
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How are special flight paths coordinated with ATC?

I assume they have to enter a flightplan for this or do say just say "it's a test, please clear airspace for us around the complete US"? Still flying and completing the right wing. I would ...
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Is wing flex good?

I've noticed that the wings of the 787 and A380 tend to flex a lot. Does wing flex help an aircraft in any way?
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Did any Boeing 787 operator achieve the 20% fuel efficiency improvement over the 767?

Is there any airline which are able to get the complete 20% fuel efficiency on their 787 with respect to 767 it is going to replace, as told by Boeing. I have read that one of the early customer like ...
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How do tyre pressure sensors in aircraft work?

I am specifically interested in the sensors used on the B777 and B787.
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Where are the circuit breakers on the 787?

(787 left, 777 right) Normally found aft of the overhead panel, where are they on the Boeing 787?
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What does “share a type rating” mean?

The Boeing 787 shares its type rating with the 777, but what exactly does that imply? Surely it cannot mean any 777 pilot can just jump into a 787 and fly it. While being similar, the 787 has some ...
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Why is the 787 tail cone made out of titanium?

In this question there is a drawing of a 787 that shows that the tail cone is made of titanium. Why is such a heavy-duty material like titanium required for the tail cone? I do not see how there ...
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In what circumstances could a 787 stay powered on continuously for 248 days?

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for the 787: SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 787 airplanes. This AD requires a ...
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Why do flaperons 'move down then up' on takeoff roll on a 787?

The flaperons on the 787 go through certain motions once the TO/GA is pressed. I've always seen it when the 787 is viewed from behind on takeoff. The motions are completely symmetrical, i.e., not ...
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What components of the Boeing 787 are made out of titanium?

Inspired by the question, Why is the 787 tail cone made out of titanium?, I want to know what other parts of a Boeing 787 are made out of titanium. We now know, the APU exhaust cone is made out of ...
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How much humidity is being maintained in cabin and cockpit of B787?

I think in general there is less than 10% humidity is being maintained in most of the commercial aircraft but I think they have improved that in the 787. I am not sure how much that is and if the ...
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How much thrust do you lose by putting chevrons on a engine?

The chevrons on a 787 are there exactly to decrease a type of drag that makes the engine louder, but the chevrons form vortices causing more drag. How much thrust is lost from the vortices on the ...
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Why does the Boeing 787 use Cabin Air Compressors (CACs)?

What are the advantages of this new air conditioning system compared with the traditional engine bleed systems? More engine output power, or easier adaption to future aircraft design?
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How much time it will take a B787 to fuel completely when empty?

When a big jet like B787 needs to be fueled with empty tanks, ideally how much time it will take to go full?
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How much is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner affected by teething troubles now, one year after commencing commercial operations?

Boeing's Dreamliners have been hit several times by small bugs, like fires in the batteries or other engineering issues. Are such incidents frequent when new types are introduced, and how much has the ...
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Does the 787 gust alleviation system make a more comfortable ride or for a more stable aircraft?

The 787 active gust alleviation system, similar to the system used on the B-2 bomber, improves ride quality during turbulence. Ride quality in a B2 bomber means a more stable weapons platform. Ride ...
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Can the Mexican presidential aircraft be sold?

I have read that the next Mexican president is trying to sell the B787 that serves as presidential transport, and that it was already made an offering to Boeing for it. As far as I know, the VIP/...
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Do promotional flight routes have a historical precedent?

Right now, a Dreamliner is flying a rather strange path over the USA (see below). The plane took off from Boeing Field airport near Seattle, and is 'drawing' a virtual copy of itself on the map of the ...
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Why does the chevron-shaped engine suffer losses in thrust performance?

From here I found out a lot about chevrons on the Boeing 787, but not enough to satisfy why it results in performance loss. My thinking was originally, if they are "cutting triangular holes" in the "...
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Does the yaw damper require manual activation on modern airliners?

Modern commercial aircraft are equipped with yaw dampers. This post explains the feature. Now I was wondering if there is a button to manually activate and deactivate it (e.g., on a Boeing 787) or if ...
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How does a HUD track a runway?

I was looking at the FCOM of the 787, and I came across an interesting thing. There is an HUD takeoff selection on the SID selection page. It got me to wonder, how does the HUD track the runway from ...
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For a B787 in cruise, what is the altitude, speed, and angle of attack?

For a Boeing 787 in cruise, what's the altitude, speed, and angle of attack? I need the reference as well (normal flight cruise)