Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes Progress As FAA Approves Battery Changes
The much troubled new Boeing 787 Dreamliner seems to have taken a big step towards returning to the sky, as this Monday the Federal Aviation Administration or FAA agreed to approve the changes suggested to the battery system that has been causing a lot of trouble for the airplane.
The decision comes after Boeing proposed the solution last month, a solution that implied that the fire prone battery should have better insulation between its cells, a fire proof box and in case of a fire, the smoke would be guided to the outside of the airplane through a ventilation system.
All Boeing 787 Dreamliners that were delivered to buyers have been grounded since January after overheating trouble caused by the battery in two aircraft in a span of just 10 days.
The first airplane’s battery caught fire soon after arriving in Boston from Tokyo on January 7th, while the second airplane was forced to make an emergency landing in Japan shortly after it had taken off because of smoke from the battery set.
U.S. transportation secretary said that he would not allow the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to return to normal service until sufficient tests proved that the problem had been resolved and that it could provide safe transportation for passengers and goods.