Fast-moving action on 787 in advance of NTSB briefing Thursday

There have been a number of developments within the past two hours on the Boeing 787 situation. Unfortunately, the key articles are from The Wall Street Journal (subscription required). Boeing has a series of design changes it is… Read More

Odds and Ends: FAA outsourced to Boeing; responding to fires-land within 15 minutes

Update, 4:15pm: From Twitter–Glenn Farley is the aviation specialist for KING 5 TV, Seattle: Glenn Farley ‏@GlennFarley Looks like Boeing test airplane ZA005 is being readied to carry out battery related test flights. Lots of activity Original Post:… Read More

Odds and Ends: Narrowing the cause on 787s; 30-120 days grounding?

Narrowing the Cause: Aviation Week has a good article with some behind-the-scenes snippets about the grounding of the Boeing 787. Toward the end are comments from Japan Air Lines about narrowing the cause of the battery problems. The… Read More

Odds and Ends: Airbus’ frustration over A350 fallout–blame yourself; DC-10 grounding retrospective

Airbus’ frustration: Airbus says it has a Plan B for its lithium ion battery design and the CEO says he’s frustrated over the attention the A350 is getting as a result of the Boeing 787 issues. Airbus has… Read More

Odds and Ends: NTSB on 787 Certification; SPEEA countdown

NTSB on 787 Certification: There were a number of small but important news items to come out of the press briefing Thursday from the National Transportation Safety Board were several references to examining the certification involving the batteries… Read More

Putting perspective on the 787

Update: The Wall Street Journal has a long article (subscription required) discussing the problem and the possibility the FAA could release the 787s for service if it approves interim steps designed by Boeing. It also has this illustration:… Read More

Thoughts about the FAA-Boeing 787 program review

Here is the Airworthiness Directive. As the Boeing 787 problems evolve from annoying, in-service teething issues into a fire, a full program review by the Federal Aviation Administration, a second battery issue and  now a grounding, the program… Read More

FAA grounds 787; first since DC-10

The US Federal Aviation Administration grounded all US-registered Boeing 787. There are only six–all operated by United Airlines–but equivalent regulators typically follow the lead, though they don’t have to. This is the first ground of a US-made commercial… Read More

A380 has, A350 will have lithium-ion batteries

Focus on the Boeing 787’s mishap last Monday comes, naturally, on the fire involving the lithium-ion battery. The battery, or Li-ion for short, is considered hazardous in many applications and in air cargo shipping. Two Boeing 747-400 cargo… Read More

FAA launches 787 system review

The Federal Aviation Administration today launched a review of the Boeing 787’s electrical system. We start our coverage with a running synopsis of the press conference at 9:30am ET. Presenting are Michael Huerta, director of the FAA (MH);… Read More