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FAA Publicly Acknowledges Boeing Has Completed 787 Tests

In the most visible sign that we’re getting closer to the 787 flying again, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FAA has acknowledged Boeing has submitted everything they need for the FAA to make a final decision on the 787 returning to flight: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told lawmakers on Tuesday that the Chicago plane maker “has completed all required tests and analysis” of battery fixes to its 787 Dreamliner, including providing an extensive set of documents intended to demonstrate their safety.  While I do consider this good […]

FAA Approves Boeing 787 Certification Plan

While there have been lots of rumors and snippets over the past few weeks, there’s actual progress today in the return of the 787 to flight.  No, it’s not returning to flight yet, but the FAA has approved Boeing’s plan to certify the new battery system. Quoting from the press release: “This comprehensive series of tests will show us whether the proposed battery improvements will work as designed,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We won’t allow the plane to return to service unless we’re satisfied that the new design ensures […]