Aircraft Expert: Boeing Dreamliner 'Worth the Wait' Even With Delays

DAYTON, Ohio, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A University of Dayton professor with intimate knowledge of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner said the plane will be worth the wait despite recent announcements of production delays.

"It's a great airplane. For a customer who flies a lot, the Dreamliner will be fantastic," said Raul Ordonez, a University of Dayton associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. "It will be a treat to fly in it."

Ordonez, an expert in flight control systems, spent eight weeks this summer in the Boeing Welliver fellowship program. Boeing selects about 10 people a year for the program.

Embedded in Boeing's 787 flight control group, Ordonez climbed inside the first 787 prototype and took a spin in the Dreamliner flight simulator. He used analysis methods he teaches at UD to help predict the behavior of the 787 under extreme flight conditions. He said he cannot discuss specifics because of proprietary reasons. He also delivered lectures on control methods to Boeing's flight control engineers.

He did say that the way pilots interact with the Dreamliner will be much improved.

"Passengers don't think about the control systems of a plane," he said. "But improvements in those areas are important to help the pilot have an easier time flying the plane; therefore, it will be safer."

The Dreamliner will be designed for nonstop, international flights that avoid the traditional hub system. Flights will be longer but more comfortable. The Dreamliner's composite body will allow for larger windows and better air pressure and humidity in the cabin.

Back in the classroom at UD, Ordonez hopes to bring back the culture of teamwork that made Boeing successful.

"Very large groups of people, who seem to only be loosely coordinated, are nevertheless able to design and make complex products that are extremely reliable," Ordonez said.

Other teaching improvements Ordonez hopes to bring from his Boeing experience include producing more hands-on engineers who can design systems that work. He also will stress topics he found to be of great importance to Boeing.

Ordonez also performs research and teaches courses in coordinating multiple aircraft for search and rescue or military operations. He is director of UD's new Motoman Robotics Lab.

He is the second UD engineering faculty member in the last three years selected for the Welliver program. Danny Eylon, chair of UD's graduate materials engineering program, participated in the program in 2006.

UD performs more aerospace research than any other Ohio university. It is in the top 30 of all U.S. universities in engineering research.

Web site: http://www.udayton.edu/




Review Article Be the first to review this article

Featured Video
Editorial
Jeff RoweJeff's MCAD Blogging
by Jeff Rowe
Siemens Goes ECAD With Mentor Graphics Acquisition
Jobs
Mechanical Engineer for IDEX Corporation at West Jordan,, UT
Senior Structural Engineer for Design Everest at San Francisco, CA
GIS Analyst II for Air Worldwide at Boston, MA
Business Partner Manager for Cityworks - Azteca Systems, LLC at Sandy, UT
Upcoming Events
Design & Manufacturing, Feb 7 - 9, 2017 Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA at Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim CA - Feb 7 - 9, 2017
Innorobo 2017 at Docks de Paris Paris France - May 16 - 18, 2017
Display Week 2017 at Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 S Figueroa St Los Angeles CA - May 21 - 26, 2017
SolidCAM: Program your CNCs directly inside your existing CAD system.



Internet Business Systems © 2016 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy Advertise