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

Federal 787 review adds new dimension to Boeing-SPEEA talks

The formal Federal Aviation Administration review adds a new dimension to the stalled contract talks between Boeing and its engineers’ union, SPEEA. Talks Thursday didn’t go well, with SPEEA issuing a short press release laste yesterday afternoon: SPEEA… Read More

FAA, Boeing 787 review press conference 9:30am ET

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787 electrical system review to be ordered: Seattle Times

Late Thursday night, The Seattle Times reported that the FAA will on Friday order a full electrical system review of the Boeing 787. The story is here. Jon Ostrower has this short report. Here is a long report… Read More

Perspective on 787 Boston incident

Update: Wall Street Journal reporting United Airlines found mis-wired battery following inspections in wake of JAL 787 fire. Update, 1215 PM PT: Boeing issued this statement regarding the fire incident: “Regarding yesterday’s event onboard a Japan Airlines (JAL)… Read More

DOD worries about sequestration affect on non-defense industries

The National Journal magazine has an interesting article detailing why the Defense Department is worried about the impact on non-defense sectors. Among the key points in the article: Half Boeing’s revenue comes from the commercial aircraft sector and… Read More

Odds and Ends: FAA’s NextGen, B-52 at 50

FAA’s NextGen: This short piece analyzes the benefits of the FAA’s NextGen air traffic management system. A 36-page report is available here.A Washington (DC) think tank called Eno has a lot of stuff about NextGen, including a recent… Read More

Pass the FAA Reauthorization bill and move on to NextGen

Update, 310PM PST: The Senate voted to pass the Bill, 75-20. Now over to the White House, where labor urges a veto. Original Post: At long, long last, it looks like Congress is going to approve long-term funding… Read More

FAA funding gap won’t affect 747-8, 787 certification plans

As Boeing pushes ahead toward certification of the 747-8 and the 787, with goals for delivery of the 747-8F and the Dreamliner before the end of this quarter, Congress adjourned without funding the Federal Aviation Administration responsible for… Read More