EAA and AirVenture chairman Tom Poberezny has confirmed that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to make an appearance at EAA AirVenture 2011 on Friday, July 29, giving aviation enthusiasts a glimpse into the next generation of commercial airliners.
“We’re proud and excited that Boeing recognizes the significance of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in the global aviation community,” Poberezny said. “This represents two significant firsts – the first time anywhere that aviation enthusiasts can tour the 787 and the first public showcase of the 787 in North America.”
For one day only, attendees can tour the Boeing 787 Dreamliner while it is on static display on ConocoPhillips Plaza and witness it in flight during its arrival and departure. It is scheduled to arrive at 9:30 a.m. on July 29 and depart following that day’s afternoon air show, at approximately 6 p.m.
EAA AirVenture 2011 is scheduled for July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
“It’s a great honor to be able to share our airplane with aviation enthusiasts,” said Capt. Mike Carriker, chief pilot for the 787 program. “We’ve made tremendous progress in finishing certification testing on our 787 flight test fleet with Rolls-Royce engines. It gives us a short opportunity to be able to share this airplane with the attendees of EAA AirVenture 2011.”
Composite materials, more-electric systems, advanced aerodynamics and modern engines combine to make the 787 more fuel efficient and provide lower operating costs, according to company officials. Other innovations include larger windows with electrochromatic shades, bigger onboard luggage bins and LED lighting.