Aircraft

Boeing 777 Flight Simulator | Gatwick, London UK

The Boeing 777 is a family of long range wide body twin engine and twin isle airliners. It carries between 305 and 550 passengers, has a range from 5,600 to 8,870 nautical miles (10,400 to 16,400 km) and entered service in June 1995. Since then it the aircraft type has flown over 5 million flights accumulating over 18 million flight hours. Today Emirates airline operates the largest fleet of 777’s with over 100 aircraft and over 70 on order.

In November 2005 the 777-200LR flew a flight from Hong Kong to London Eastbound (the long way around) non-stop resulting in a total flight time of 22 hours and 42 minutes. The aircraft travelled 11,664 nautical miles (21,601 km), a record distance and was recognised by the Gunnies Book of World Records who gave the aircraft the “Great Circle Distance Without Landing” and “Speed Around the World, Eastbound” records. They also recognised the GE90-115B powering the 777-300ER as the "World's Most Powerful Commercial Jet Engine" with a tested thrust of 127,900 lbf (569 kN). Indecently the engine is the same size as a 737 fuselage. 

The Boeing 777 underwent the most extensive flight-test program ever conducted on a commercial aircraft. The flight-test program included nine aircraft, which flew more than 7,000 hours and 4,900 flights. The data which was shared or transferred over the computer network during design is the equivalent amount as a stack of 3.5 inch floppy disks, stacked 13,368 feet high (taller than Mount Fuji in Japan!). It is the 3rd largest airliner in the world (after the 747-800 and A380) and has been tested with a maximum take-off weight of 351 metric tons, just 43 tons less than a fully loaded 747-400. 

In May 1995 the Boeing 777 became the first aircraft in aviation history to receive ETOPS (extended twin engine operations) from the US Federal Aviation Administration, upon entry into service. It was awarded ETOPS 180 which means the aircraft is certified to fly long distance routes over water, desert or Polar Regions that at some point are the distance of 180 minutes (3 hours) flying time, from the point of an emergency to a diversion airport assuming the aircraft has had an engine failure and is flying in still air conditions. During testing to get ETOPS approval, the Boeing 777 successfully flew a total of 6 hours and 23 minutes over the Pacific Ocean, with only one if its two engines working.

The Boeing 777 is also the first aircraft to have been completely designed and tested by being electronically assembled on computers in software. New laboratory facilities enabled the various aircraft systems to be tested together electronically in simulated flight conditions, before the first aircraft was built and taken into the air.

There are over 3 million parts provided by over 500 suppliers worldwide. Even with these many parts the Boeing 777 has a 99.3% dispatch reliability rate, the highest in the world for any twin isle aircraft flying today. A light 777 can accelerate from 0-60mph in less than 6 seconds.

The 777's landing gear is the largest ever incorporated into a commercial aircraft with six wheels on each main landing gear, and two wheels on the nose gear.

London Gatwick (Crawley)- Full Motion Level D: Boeing 777-200