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Quietly, Another Battery Problem For The 787

Japan Airlines reported smoke coming from the main battery compartment on one of their 787s as it sat on the tarmac at Narita airport in Tokyo yesterday. Quoting from the WSJ Article: JAL said white smoke was detected Tuesday at around 4:15 p.m. Tokyo time by a mechanic who was checking the cockpit before the plane was to depart for Bangkok that evening. The mechanic saw the smoke just outside the window and it was gone by the time the person went outside to check. A check of cockpit displays […]

When Do We Get The Dreamliner Back?

Don’t forget to enter my giveaways for a Bubble Bum and 5,000 Ultimate Rewards points. Thanks to my good friend Kevin for sending along this video to remind me I’m really ready for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to start flying again.  This is footage from the 2012 Farnborough air show where an ex F-18 pilot gets to take the Dreamliner for a little spin.   I Heart The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and I’m ready for the FAA to give her back. Related Articles: FAA Approves Boeing 787 Certification Plan Pizza […]

Want To See What An A350 Looks Like? Airbus A350 Photos!

Boeing and Airbus have a long history of healthy (and not-so-healthy) competition.  The success of Boeing’s twin-engine 777 made it economically infeasible for airlines to operate the 4-engine Airbus A340.  It took Airbus a while, but they finally stopped taking orders for the plane in 2011 due to lack of demand. The A350 was/is Airbus’ answer to the Boeing 787.  It’s been on the drawing board for almost 10 years now and it’s much closer to reality.  There’s a good Wikipedia page with particulars on the A350 and some marketing […]

A Slight Bit Of Progress On The Boeing 787

If you’re interested in a free drink on a future United flight, don’t forget to enter my giveaway. There really hasn’t been much in the way of real progress since the FAA grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner almost a month ago. A bunch of little snippets about different theories on what caused the problem. On Thursday, the FAA budged just a bit from its previous stance of grounding the entire fleet, allowing Boeing to conduct a limited number of test flights.  There are restrictions, such as only being able to […]