Also- the 787 family is really sensitive compared to other aircraft, so when you say that you rotate “3x harder” on other aircraft, that might be why you had a tail strike with the 787 and not those other aircraft.
If I’m that heavy I add some extra positive trim (50%) and add another flap setting. Once you reach 150~155 knots, the nose should come off the ground rather easy and then main gear will follow suit. Too aggressive with your input in the rotation and the tail will strike for sure.
Everybody’s given great advice …all I can say is the 787 is the only aircraft I fly here and well with correct flaps and speed for your weight try a 4 To 5 second count to 10 degrees is a good tool to ensure zero tail strikes. hope this helps. Happy flying!
Hey! Yeah a lot of people tend to have these issues with the 787, as everyone as said, the key is to use some trim and rotate gently, that way your takeoff will be perfectly smooth.
For a flight to Perth I’ll guess you’re fully loaded so you should be rotating between 160kts and above, not less than that, I do long hauls with the 787 too and always end up calculating around those speeds, it always works well.
Lots of people here making general comments and suggestions, so I’ll give some actual examples:
Considering ‘rotate slowly’ doesn’t really mean much at all (slowly is subjective, of course) I can suggest the figure of 2°-2.5° per second of rotation. Be patient with it too, try not to force the nose to unstick.
Usually you would aim to pitch to around 12.5° positive pitch. However, this is not strictly speaking true - on takeoff, we actually pitch to hold a predetermined speed for a given thrust setting.
In other words… You were pretty heavy right. Vr probably would’ve been around 165kts or so and your power setting pretty high, in the region of 95-96% N1. I guess V2 would’ve been about 175kts. We normally aim to climb at V2 + 10-20kts. So for your particular case, after rotating (again, 2-2.5° per second) you would pitch to maintain a speed of about 185-190kts. This is know as V4 (you don’t need to know that bit!) And is what you should climb at until you reach your acceleration height, usually 800ft AGL or 3000ft AGL depending on what noise abatement procedure is used for your particular SID.