Boeing Receives FAA Approval For 787 Battery Solution

Following the events that occurred in January this year with 787 lithium battery faults, Boeing has confirmed that it has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the company’s plan to test and certify improvements to the aircraft’s battery system. Successful completion of each step within the plan will result in FAA approval to resume commercial flights. Boeing has “proposed a comprehensive set of solutions designed to significantly minimise the potential for battery failure while ensuring that no battery event affects the continued safe operation of the airplane”, said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The improvements include new design features helping to prevent faults occurring; enhanced production, operating and testing processes to ensure better performance; and a new enclosure system that monitors any level of battery overheating.

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