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Boeing 787 Dreamliner
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More than a dozen critical systems from Goodrich Corporation have taken to
the sky as part of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's rigorous flight test program
that began with the plane's maiden flight on December 15, 2009. Goodrich technology
on board the 787 will be featured at the Farnborough Airshow; visit the company's
pavilion located outside OE4 between hall 1 and chalet rows A and B.
An industry breakthrough present on every 787 is the lightweight quiet nacelle
and thrust reverser system, including the thrust reverser actuation system.
A deeper-than-normal lip skin at the front of the nacelle greatly reduces drag
and improves fuel efficiency. In addition, a one-piece acoustic inner liner
significantly reduces engine noise, both in the passenger cabin and airport
neighborhoods. A full-scale mockup of the nacelle's inlet cowl will be attached
to the Goodrich pavilion at Farnborough.
Goodrich wheels and brakes used on the 787 represent another industry milestone – the
first use of an electrically-actuated braking system on a production commercial
aircraft. The system uses the latest in electric controls, modular actuators,
and on-board brake wear and system health monitoring systems. The brakes feature
Goodrich's lightweight DURACARB® carbon heat sink material which has demonstrated
35 percent greater brake life than competing carbon braking materials.
The aircraft is also equipped with Goodrich air data sensors, ice detectors,
engine data concentrators, fuel quantity indicator systems and fuel management
software. In addition, Goodrich provides the aircraft's proximity sensing system
as well as the integrated fuel system for the auxiliary power unit. Other Goodrich
products on board the new jet include an innovative cargo handling system;
cabin attendant seating; exterior and flight deck lighting systems; integrated
heated composite floor panels; and a unique flight deck entry video surveillance
system designed to interface with the aircraft's electronic flight bag system.
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines that powered the first flight test aircraft feature an advanced engine control system provided through Goodrich's Aero Engine Controls joint venture with Rolls-Royce, and a Goodrich engine sensor suite. Both the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 and General Electric GEnx engine offerings for the 787 are being sent by these manufacturers to the Goodrich Aerostructures Integration Services facility in Everett, Wash. for installation of the inlet and exhaust systems and preparation for installation of the engine on the airplane.