Aviation Week’s resident test pilot, Fred George, flew the Boeing 787 in November. He was joined in the cockpit by Aviation Week’s cameras. Filmed by Guy Norris. Edited and produced by Rupa Haria.


  1. With self-driving cars already a reality (Google did a test run in San Francisco for Uber Nov 2016), it's not far off when we'll see self-flying planes. Just type in, or say, the name of destination airport. Then sit back, relax, keep an eye on things, just in case human intervention is needed.

  2. To mitigate over-dependence on automation, it might be worthwhile to mandate that all pilots must begin their flight training by learning how to fly gliders. The art of flying should become second nature to them, like knowing how to ride a bike or swim. Sully, for example, landed the plane into the Hudson river, New York, with both engines dead.

  3. 787's are the most beautiful cockpit/cabin/wings and the Xinterior its self <3

  4. Hello. In manual flight, and in the descend and aproach, hoy can the pilot control if the AT si to control speed or rate of descent? If there any pilots out there that can answer my question, it would be grate. Thank you ver y much

  5. Sweetest engine sound I have ever heard!…..almost sounds like someone playing an electric piano with backing!! 🙂

  6. I agree with the comment below. Every time something goes wrong on an airbus plane the computer spits out like fifty error messages and leaves the pilots confused

  7. I flew the B767 till I retired in 2000.  To me that may have been the last plane that made it easy to shut off the electronics and hand fly an approach and also to fly engine out approaches and go-arounds in the simulator.  The 787 is a magnificent plane but when the parameters of the computer are exceeded or the computers fail you have to have stick and rudder skills to fall back on.  We are already seeing accidents where the pilots are defaulting to the computer such as the Asiana SFO accident.

  8. Technology is great and all but i think many pilots are losing there stick and rudder skills which they may need to use if the computer was to ever fail.

  9. Awesome machine, nice Video. Since I fly a jet which is a mixture of start-of-the-art-computer-technology and old school, I do share some concerns about developing manual flying skills with the new joiners in this profession. In my opinion, Pilot Training must be updated to care for the negative effects of higher levels of automation.

  10. every thing is getting more and more automated putting more and more people out of work and getting LAZY!!  soon all humans will be like the ones in Wall-E

  11. systems do more and more and in a couple of years the pilots of today don't know how to do a precisious manual flight..
    but nice airliner 🙂

  12. Awesome airplane and magnificent technology.  However, I'm more than slightly worried about piloting skills in the long term.  Historically airlines and insurance companies have "conspired"  to reduce real flight training time for aircrews.  Flying a full manual single engine approach to minimums in IMC is a skill that you have to practice, practice, practice.  The Air France debacle tells us that automation INCREASES the risk of human factors failing us in a pinch.  We're human and we don't interface with computers well under pressure.   One last point – the Quantas A380 with the explosive #2 failure awhile back?  The laptop computers were consulted as to how to handle all the failures and they had no answers.   In the end the aircrew just flew the airplane.  My 3 cents.

  13. AUTOMATIC this AUTOMATIC that!    I feel bad to the pilots who have to fly this boring airplane. As these airplanes get more automated from function to function. ie. P beta automatic rudder etc etc. The pilots are just going to loose IQ cells watching this thing fly them around.   If you're an airline pilot flying this thing.. don't bother bragging about it. 

  14. Despite all of this technology some how a pilot will manage to crash one, get lost or land at the wrong airport. Using a monkey for the first astronauts makes sense. A pilot would want to play with one of the shiny switches marked do not touch.    

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