Unsurprisingly: More on the 787
We’re at the Airline Economics conference in Dublin and not surprisingly the Boeing 787 was part of the cocktail party talk Sunday night.
There is a certain level of bewilderment: Why didn’t t fail safe systems prevent overheating and fire of the batteries? The ANA battery apparently was subject to an over-charge while the JAL battery, according to the NTSB, was not. This adds to the mystery and leads to the Big Question, how long will the 787 be grounded?
The answer, of course, is not known because the cause of the two incidents is not know and therefore neither is the fix. But the general feeling is the 787 will be grounded between two and six weeks.
We shall see.
The Seattle Times has this story in which some top industry people suggest Boeing execs are in denial over the 787. These people are unidentified, while another–Gordon Bethune–thinks the FAA overreacted by grounding the airplane.
Aviation Week has this story discussing the nuances of the FAA review of the 787 design, production and certification process.
Aviation Week also has this story about the focus of the investigation on the lithium ion battery.
The Wall Street Journal has this story reporting that the JAL 787 battery did not exceed its design capacity. Subscription required.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Congress apparently is ready to have hearings on the Boeing 787. This is premature, and really not necessary in any case.
The forum PPrune, which is pretty well regarded for its high-brow, technical discussions, has a whole host of commentary on the 787 issues. Particularly useful are illustrations and discussion of the battery charging system. The link is here.