First flight of the Boeing 787
By Paul Parkinson
Today, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its historic first flight from Everett, Washington.
is the culmination of years of development of a completely new aircraft
which uses many state-of-the-art technologies to significantly improve
efficiency, operating range and passenger comfort.
For instance, the 787 employs an Integrated Modular Avionics
(IMA) architecture using VxWorks 653, which drastically reduces the
amount of space, weight and power (SWaP) required for the aircraft's
on-board avionics systems.