Industry Boeing reveals new 777 flying test bed

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has revealed a new flying testbed to test new technologies.

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A Boeing 777 widebody aircraft is being used to enhance safety, passenger experience and sustainability. It takes out new technologies from the lab into the air. This aircraft is the sixth test aircraft in the manufacturers ecoDemonstrator program.

The aircraft will fly for around 50 projects and technologies like a new way of sharing digital information between air traffic control and the flight deck, an electronic flight bag or connected cabin technologies. Also, new cameras have been installed around the aircraft in order to test new angles for passengers during the flight.

Most of the flights will be conducted with sustainable aviation fuel, in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It furthermore demonstrates the viability of the fuel.

Mike Sinnett, vice president of product strategy and future airplane development at Boeing Commercial Airplanes commented: "This is the latest addition to our ecoDemonstrator program, where we look at how crew and passengers can have a better experience and how technologies can make flying safer, more efficient and more enjoyable [...] Using the 777 flying test bed lets us learn faster and move forward on improvements much quicker and with greater fidelity in defining their value."

In 2012, Boeing´s ecoDemonstrator programme took off for the first time. Through 2018, five aircraft have been used as testbed: A Boeing 737-800, a 787-8 Dreamliner, a 757, a 777 Freighter and an Embraer E170. 112 technologies have been tested so far.

Boeing stated, that more than a third of the technologies have made it into implementation at Boeing or other partners. Around the half of the projects are being processed to further development after the test flights.

The manufacturer added: "A key part of the ecoDemonstrator program is collaboration with industry partners to jointly test technologies and share learnings that advance aviation. More than a dozen partners are participating in the 2019 program, including an industry consortium developing a connectivity standard for networked cabins of the future known as iCabin."

First flight tests will be performed this fall. Flights also include a trip to Frankfurt, Germany, where the 777 will be presented to government officials. Moreover, industry professionals and students will have the chance to help inspire the next generation in aviation.

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