FAA clears Boeing test flights of 787 Dreamliner



WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration late Thursday approved Boeing’s request to conduct test flights of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft as part of the FAA’s battery fire probe.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to determine the root cause of recent Boeing 787 lithium-ion battery incidents, the FAA will permit Boeing to conduct test flights of 787 aircraft to gather additional data,” the agency said in a statement.

“These test flights will be an important part of our efforts to ensure the safety of passengers and return these aircraft to service,” the FAA said.

Boeing asked the FAA Monday for permission to conduct test flights after the global grounding of all 50 787s in service in mid-January following two burned battery incidents.

The test flights, to take place over unpopulated territory, will aim to collect data about the battery and electrical systems while the aircraft is airborne.

Boeing said, in a separate statement, it would resume the 787 flight-test activities “soon.”

“While our work to determine the cause of the recent battery incidents continues in coordination with appropriate regulatory authorities and investigation agencies, we are confident that 787 is safe to operate for this flight test activity,” it said.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

    Wonder if PAL will get some of these?

  • WeAry_Bat

    I would not be surprised if after all their tracing it comes down to the mainland-China supplier of the lithium ion batteries having impurities.

    • Horst Manure

      If from China they would be lithium Iron….opps typo 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut


      • WeAry_Bat

        Hehehe But it’s more of quality in manufacture. Impurities in rechargeable batteries provide the short circuit with which the unit heats up.

        Do not try this anywhere – when you link a eversleepy battery from top to bottom with a wire, the battery will heat up from the shorting.

    • CmdrAdobo

       dont blame china, blame boeing.

      • WeAry_Bat

        you may have a point…most of the related articles haven’t mentioned the manufacturer of the battery but the design of boeing and the battery assembler i think.

  • zeroko

    Congrats to Boeing, they finally got the approval. It is really natural to have many glitch with newly release airplane. The British Comet, the first passenger jet have its wings clips while flying. The DC-10 has several major accidents that resulted to the death of its passengers because of the defective design of it’s cargo latches which tend to open the cargo door while on flight. Because of the sudden opening of the DC-10 cargo door, the flooring which separates the Cargo compartment to the flooring on the Passenger section collapse because of extreme pressure and baggage and passengers are suck out of the blue and fall to earth. Because of the structural failure, the hydraulic lines of the airplane goes busted and there is no aircraft control. After extensive investigation, it finally flew without any hitch. Same also to the new B737 wherein the spark inside their fuel tank ignites because of design failure.

    Everytime new airplanes goes out for flight, there is a likelihood that there would be many glitches. Computer simulation just could not duplicate to what will happen in actual flights. There is an air force base in America where names of their streets belongs to the test pilots who perish during test flights. The streets are named in their honor. Remember the Space Shuttle where it burst because of a mere O ring which gives ups during flight and cause the fuel tank to burst in flame. Nothing, he hehe is perfect in a newly rolled our Airplane. 

    But, after it is corrected, then things would get to normal. Even the A380, the present biggest passenger airplane has it’s engine malfunction which results to an emergency landing just like what happened to Singapore Airlines…………

    • CmdrAdobo

      failure is not option. in this kind of business i dont believe it’s natural to have glitch on newly released. if that’s the case they should not allow passengers to be on board.

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