Crossing the Atlantic in Style

The year was 1927.  Several aspiring aviators had died in pursuit of the Orteig Prize, being the first to cross the Atlantic non-stop. A young, American pilot named Charles Lindbergh was the next pilot up to the challenge.  He was sporting a snug, single-engine piston Ryan NYP airplane dubbed the Spirit of St. Louis.  The weighed down airplane barely cleared telephone lines when taking off of the muddy runway.  Over the next 33.5 hours in the cramped cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh battled storms, icing, fog, and navigated by the stars to arrive exhausted but safely at Le Bourget Airport in France. Eighty years from this monumental feat, we have come a long way in making oceanic air travel safer and much more comfortable.

U.S.A. – U gotta See America

The wind is howling, lightning is flashing, and you are wrestling the 777 down to achieve another safe landing.  Passengers think airline pilots are crazy, adrenaline junkies that actually enjoy this “terrifying” experience.  Believe it or not, us pilots do actually like a calm, clear day every once in a while to enjoy the beautiful scenery across the U-S of A.

SNEAK PEEK: 777 Training Preview #15 of 15

Because the APU is so similar to the main engines, this clip may confuse you first as an animation of the engine. However, you’ll see here how air flows through the APU, is compressed, and then turned into bleed air.

SNEAK PEEK: 777 Training Preview #14 of 15

The 777 system High Lift Controls is more traditionally known as Secondary Flight Controls. This consists of slats, spoilers, and flaps. Obviously, logic of this system is of the utmost importance, as it assists the pilots in dynamically changing the flight envelope for takeoff, approach and other situations.

SNEAK PEEK: 777 Training Preview #13 of 15

How is bleed air fed from the engine to the bleed air system? Well, it’s not exactly summarized in a sentence or two. That’s why we spend a lot of time showing you just how it works.

SNEAK PEEK: 777 Training Preview #12 of 15

Yes, even the APU is a complex set of moving parts. It’s not simply just a turbine engine in the tail, but it has it’s own unique ways of cooling, generating power, etc.

SNEAK PEEK: 777 Training Preview #11 of 15

Jets spend more of their flying time in environments unsuitable for human life. Yes, it’s in our own atmosphere. But you won’t last long in the Flight Levels without oxygen and a heavy set of winter gear.

SNEAK PEEK: 777 Training Preview #10 of 15

When the 777 first entered service, it was a whole new type of aircraft; highly digital, modeled and tested in 3D, efficient in many respects. In this increasingly digitized environment, there would be a lot more computers managing aircraft operations.

SNEEK PEAK: 777 Training Preview #9 of 15

The 777 has 2 engines. True or false? False. The engine has THREE engines. The APU, located in the tail of the aircraft, can provide electrical power and bleed air for various flight operations, especially on the ground.

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