Boeing is one step closer to fixing the battery issue with the 787 Dreamliner

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Year 2013 started very badly for the American aircraft manufacturer. Several Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft had battery issues. We mention here the incidents recorded with 787 United, ANA, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways. Immediately following these unpleasant events, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stopped all 787 aircraft on the ground and suggested that all operators holding this model temporarily remove them from operational service.

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Currently, over 50 787 Dreamliner aircraft are grounded and waiting for a salvage solution. After many days of research and testing, it seems that Boeing is on track and has found a way to remedy the problem. It will also rely on lithium ion batteries, but with a new structure, greater space between cells, a better ventilation system, etc. Even if all goes well, airlines could operate 787 Dreamliner aircraft only in April, but this is still skeptical.

Air carriers had to cancel certain routes or honor them with large aircraft (Boeing 767, Boeing 777), depending on the fleets. Damage requests, canceled orders for 787, were not delayed. The FAA has stated that it will not approve 787 aircraft flights until all necessary tests have been performed and until it is certain that such situations will no longer occur. It was natural for 787 to have problems. Dreamliner is a new, revolutionary model and many other problems will be solved in time.

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  1. Loving says

    That's why it's not good to crowd around with the newest and most sophisticated plane. There are always problems (manufacturing defects, design errors, etc.). The Dreamliner is not the only type of plane that has had problems. I wouldn't be surprised if he had the same fate as the supersonic Concorde. It might not hurt to introduce the obligation to run an airplane for at least a year with sandbags in order to observe any problems in advance. Why do we have to be sandbags? Not good.

    1. Sorin says

      I am convinced that tests have been done. It lasted about 2 years until he entered the service. The problem is that no real 100% tests can be done. Aircraft can operate in different environments from one country to another. What prompted the FAA to keep planes on the ground has been flooded with incidents since the beginning of the year.

      But I think it will be fine in the end!

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