New Boeing Dreamliner’s cabin software lets pilots update flight plans, operate altimeters and navigation instruments

Photo Customs officials at Asiana Airlines flight AS3006, which took off from San Francisco International Airport to Seoul on Tuesday, were the first to receive a new set of millimeter wave aeronautical communications systems….

New Boeing Dreamliner’s cabin software lets pilots update flight plans, operate altimeters and navigation instruments

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Customs officials at Asiana Airlines flight AS3006, which took off from San Francisco International Airport to Seoul on Tuesday, were the first to receive a new set of millimeter wave aeronautical communications systems.

The measure, dubbed the ATG-Advanced-787, expands the range of pilot in-flight communications capability, in which pilots can instantly make and receive visual flight instrument flight rules (FDIR) data, from 8 to 18 miles. That significant distance comes thanks to Wi-Fi connectivity options and touchscreen tablets the plane’s cabin, and lets them conduct technology-based navigation procedures such as heading and speed.

“Boeing’s new cockpit software was designed in collaboration with an Asiana Aircraft Engineering Services team that has conducted hundreds of actual flight demonstration flights to and from SFO and Narita International Airport,” the company noted in a statement.

The new software, which can be accessed from within the cockpit or at the touch of a screen, allows more and different data types and distances to be available to pilot-in-flight communications. The Boeing statement lists various examples:

Jet Stream SAR Visual Flight Rules to the wide stroke of the control yoke, which will be used in the Boeing 777’s new Engine Flight Management System, saving the pilot time and reducing fuel burn by 20% to 30% on an approach to an altitude of 16,000 feet.

RNAV (RNAVRNAQ:RNAVRNAQ-RNAVRNAZ): Threshold Position monitoring (PKMS) optimization, also using fiber-optic cellular and cell base station networks to perform precision vectors, and GPS as high and low based distance as desired.

KYX (KYXKRGM:KYXKRGM): Planning the auto lift and guide so aircraft are stabilized at all altitudes.

MTUC (MTUCSF:MTUCFR): Like diagramming of the flight path in the cockpit, but using GPS instead of radar.

YARD (YARDSF:YARDSF): Flight plans with ground communications traffic.

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner offers these features to business and first class passengers.

Such advancements are intended to simplify the life of pilots, for both time and fuel savings, and will likely be well received by Asia’s cost-conscious business and first class passengers.

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