Technical staff get familiar with new Dreamliner
Staff from CASA's Airworthiness and Engineering Standards Branch undertook general familiarisation training on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner (B787) in March 2014.
CASA's technical staff are involved in assessing certification aspects associated with the initial introduction of aircraft and dealing with continuing airworthiness issues in relation to every Australian-registered aircraft operating in Australia.
The training was provided by Jetstar and allowed the CASA technical team to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the B787 aircraft. During the three-day course, the team gained a better understanding of the aircraft's engines, systems and technologies, including specific areas such as structures and avionics.
A number of new technologies were covered, along with other technologies which have been used previously but never before been put together in a single aircraft.
The Dreamliner has new electrical generation systems which allow for variable frequency and voltage outputs. A number of pneumatic and hydraulic components have been replaced by electrical components.
The electrified functions include de-icing the wings, starting the engine, driving the high-capacity hydraulic pumps, and powering the wheel brakes and the cabin environmental control system.
The B787 aircraft uses a no-bleed systems architecture so bleed air is only used for engine cowl ice protection and pressurisation of hydraulic reservoirs.
The Dreamliner aircraft was introduced into service in Australia at the end of 2013. Jetstar currently has three of the aircraft in service.