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  • #76
    Boeing halts delivery of Dreamliners

    US aerospace giant Boeing has halted deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner but says it will continue to build the aircraft while safety experts examine its battery and electrical systems.
    The announcement capped a week in which all 50 787s in service around the world were grounded on orders from multiple aviation authorities to investigate the cause of two incidents, including a fire, linked to its batteries.
    ‘‘We will not deliver 787s until the FAA approves a means of compliance with their recent Airworthiness Directive concerning batteries and the approved approach has been implemented,’’ a Boeing spokesman said. ‘‘Production of 787s continues."

    Dreamliners had been flying in Chile, Ethiopia, India, Japan, Poland, Qatar and the United States until their flights were stopped after a global alert issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration.
    Boeing’s chairman and chief executive Jim McNerney in a statement to employees defended his company and the aircraft against ‘‘the negative news attention over the past several days.’’
    ‘‘As everyone inside the company knows, nothing is more important to us than the safety of the passengers, pilots and crew members who fly aboard Boeing commercial and military aircraft,’’ he said. ‘‘We have high confidence in the safety of the 787 and stand squarely behind its integrity as the newest addition to our product family.’’

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    • #77
      What you think could have caused the Li-ion battery problems ?

      I suspected they are over-charged.

      My Nokia Mobile phone Li-ion was left charging for many hours ( > 72 hrs ) and it got "pregnant" and failed.
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      • #78
        US, Japan analyse Dreamliner black box: report

        TOKYO (AFP) - US and Japanese officials Saturday began analysing the black box of the 787 plane forced into an emergency landing this week, prompting the worldwide grounding of Boeing's Dreamliner, broadcaster NHK said.

        The instrument will allow experts probing Wednesday's incident to reconstruct events leading up to the pilots aborting the flight due to a smoke alert apparently linked to the lithium-ion battery.

        Investigators on Friday released a picture showing the blackened remains of the battery in the All Nippon Airways plane, which has remained on the tarmac in Takamatsu in southwest Japan.

        The black box contains electrical data from the flight and will allow investigators, including a US team from the National Transportation Safety Board, to assess how the battery was affected.

        According to the NHK report, the plane captain saw three alarms that prompted the emergency landing -- the first alerted the pilots to smoke in the compartment containing the battery, a second noted a voltage drop in the battery and the third was related to abnormal battery charging.

        The risk of fire from overheating powerpacks has emerged as a major concern for Boeing's cutting-edge new planes since the incident on the domestic flight in Japan, which prompted airlines to ground all 50 of the world's operational 787s.

        GS Yuasa, the Japanese company that made the battery installed in the ANA Dreamliner, said on Thursday the probe into the incident could take weeks.
        A prolonged grounding could seriously compound problems for Boeing, which suffered a series of glitches over 10 days leading up to the ANA incident including another smoke alert on a Japan Airlines Dreamliner at Boston airport.

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        • #79
          Japan's ANA cancels 335 B-787 flights

          Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) said on Monday the worldwide grounding of Boeing's Dreamliner forced it to cancel 335 flights up to next Sunday, affecting nearly 48,000 passengers.


          This file photo shows an All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787 Dreamliner arriving at Tokyo's Haneda airport after a test flight on July 3, 2011. ANA said on Monday the worldwide grounding of Boeing's Dreamliner forced it to cancel 335 flights up to next Sunday, affecting nearly 48,000 passengers.

          ANA said cancellations on domestic routes from January 16, the day that one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners made an emergency landing, sparking a global alert, to January 27 amount to 292 flights for 44,074 passengers.

          Forty-three international flights have been cut, affecting 3,778 passengers, the airline said.

          Flights affected include those from Tokyo to San Jose, Seattle and Beijing.

          Boeing's cutting-edge new planes suffered a series of glitches earlier this month, prompting a global alert from the US Federal Aviation Administration that led to the worldwide grounding of all 50 operational 787s.

          The risk of fire from overheating powerpacks emerged as a major concern after pilots were forced to land a domestic ANA flight on Janaury 16 due to smoke apparently linked to the lithium-ion battery.

          But the US agency in charge of transportation safety on Sunday said a fire sparked after a Japan Airlines 787 landed in Boston on January 7 was not caused by an overcharged battery.

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          • #80
            Elon Musk offers Boeing SpaceX batteries for the 787 Dreamliner

            Boeing is currently dealing with a bit of a disaster as the company’s 787 Dreamliner has been grounded due to safety concerns. The problem stems from rechargeable batteries aboard the aircraft overheating and potentially setting on fire. Such an incident happened earlier this month when a Japan Airlines Dreamliner caught on fire soon after landing in Boston.

            Boeing is currently investigating the situation, but they aren’t alone. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has stepped in to offer his help and technology if Boeing wants it.

            Musk has had to harness battery tech not only to run his Tesla Motors, but also to function flawlessly aboard SpaceX spacecraft as they travel both in and out of the Earth’s atmosphere. If you need a battery to work at any altitude, you’d trust Musk to supply one, and that’s exactly what he’s offering Boeing.

            Musk is already talking to Boeing’s chief 787 engineer Mike Sinnett. He has also pointed out the high capacity lithium ion batteries used aboard the SpaceX spacecraft have never experienced any issues, regardless of altitude. They even function flawlessly in space.

            While this may be seen as great PR for SpaceX and Musk, it’s also a genuine offer to Boeing and what could be a quick fix for the 787. Every day the 50 Dreamliners in service are grounded must be costing the company and the airlines a small fortune, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Boeing take a shipment of SpaceX batteries and get them installed swiftly. That is, unless they’ve already come up with a solution the FAA will be happy with.

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            • #81
              ANA replaced 10 Dreamliner batteries before emergency landing

              TOKYO – All Nippon Airways <9202.T> said it had replaced 10 below-par lithium-ion batteries on its Boeing Co 787 Dreamliners in the months before one of the passenger jets was forced to make an emergency landing due to an overheated battery triggering smoke alarms.
              The Japanese carrier, the biggest customer to date for the new Boeing jetliner, did not inform accident investigators in the United States because the incidents, including 5 batteries that had unusually low charges, did not compromise the plane's safety, ANA spokesman Ryosei Nomura said on Wednesday.
              ANA did, however, inform Boeing of the faults that began in May, and returned the batteries to their manufacturer, GS Yuasa Corp <6674.T>. A spokesman for the battery maker declined to comment on Wednesday. Shares of the company fell 1.2 percent.
              Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said the airplane maker could not comment as the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has indicated this is now part of their investigation.
              The New York Times earlier quoted an NTSB spokeswoman as saying the agency would include these "numerous issues" with the 787 battery in its investigations.
              Under aviation inspection rules, airlines are required to perform detailed battery inspections once every two years.
              The global fleet of 50 Dreamliners - 17 of which are operated by ANA - remain grounded as investigators in Japan and the U.S. try to find out what caused one battery to catch fire on a Japan Airlines Co <9201.T> 787 at Boston's Logan Airport earlier this month, and a second battery to burn on the ANA domestic flight that made the emergency landing.
              The NTSB said on Tuesday it was carrying out a microscopic investigation of the JAL 787 battery. Neither it nor the Japan Transport Safety Board has been able to say when they are likely to complete their work.

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              • #82
                AP Exclusive: 787 grounded, but batteries can fly

                WASHINGTON (AP) — At the same time the government certified Boeing's 787 Dreamliners as safe, federal rules barred the type of batteries used to power the airliner's electrical systems from being carried as cargo on passenger planes because of the fire risk.
                Now the situation is reversed.
                Dreamliners worldwide were grounded nearly three weeks ago after lithium ion batteries that are part of the planes led to a fire in one plane and smoke in a second. But new rules exempt aircraft batteries from the ban on large lithium ion batteries as cargo on flights by passenger planes.
                In effect, that means the Dreamliner's batteries are now allowed to fly only if they're not attached to a Dreamliner.
                The regulations were published on Jan. 7, the same day as a battery fire in a Japan Airlines 787 parked at Boston's Logan International Airport that took firefighters nearly 40 minutes to put out. The timing of the two events appears coincidental.
                Pilots and safety advocates say the situation doesn't make sense. If the 787's battery system is too risky to allow the planes to fly, then it's too risky to ship the same batteries as cargo on airliners, they said.
                "These incidents have raised the whole issue of lithium batteries and their use in aviation," said Jim Hall, a former National Transportation Safety Board chairman. "Any transport of lithium batteries on commercial aircraft for any purpose should be suspended until (an) NTSB investigation is complete and we know more about this entire issue."
                Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, a former US Airways pilot famed for his precision flying that enabled passengers and crew to survive an emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York, said in an interview that he wouldn't be comfortable flying an airliner that carried lithium ion aircraft batteries in its cargo hold.
                "The potential for self-ignition, for uncontained fires, is huge," he said. The new regulations "need to be looked at very hard in the cold light of day, particularly with what has happened with the 787 batteries."
                The battery rules were changed in order to conform U.S. shipping requirements with international standards as required by Congress, the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in a statement.
                The International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency that sets global aviation standards, adopted the aircraft battery cargo exemption in October 2011, and it went into effect Jan. 1. The organization's standards normally aren't binding. But a provision inserted into U.S. law at the behest of the battery industry and their shippers says the rules can't be stricter than the U.N. agency's standards.
                Previously, U.S. regulations prohibited the shipment of lithium ion batteries on passenger planes in packages weighing more than 11 pounds, although heavier batteries could be shipped on cargo planes.
                The new rules allow the shipment of lithium ion batteries weighing a.....................................

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                • #83
                  Shocked to learn the Battery was wrongly wired.

                  I am wondering - how much compensations Boeing has to pay to all the airlines who grounded their B787 ?
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                  • #84
                    Boeing 787 faces new risk: limits on extended range - sources

                    (Reuters) - As Boeing works to regain permission for its 787 Dreamliner to resume flights, the company faces what could be a costly new challenge: a temporary ban on some of the long-distance, trans-ocean journeys that the jet was intended to fly.

                    Aviation experts and government officials say the Federal Aviation Administration may shorten the permitted flying time of the 787 on certain routes when it approves a revamped battery system.

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                    • #85
                      FAA approves the improvements to the 787 battery

                      The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approves the improvements to the 787 battery systems

                      Visionary design, exceptional innovation, unrivaled passenger comfort – the 787 Dreamliner was created to provide a revolutionary flying experience. On April 19th, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the improvements to the 787 battery systems. With this approval, the Dreamliner will be back in service and soaring once again.

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                      • #86
                        United's 787 Flying today.

                        Flight: UA6850
                        Aircraft: Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (B788)
                        Hex: A2CA5F
                        FlightAware Info: Los Angeles Intl (KLAX) to Lackland Afb Arpt (KSKF)
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                        Brian

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                        • #87
                          Just spotted Qatar Airways A7-BCK has "escaped" Heathrow and at this time, 06:33GMT, is over France with no destination shown.
                          Seems a strange way to get to Doha from London?

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                          • #88
                            Could be going to another modification center. Some of the operators are helping each other out facilitating the Boeing AOG Teams.
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                            • #89
                              It disappeared from FR24 just north of Egypt but it looked as if it was heading toward Doha eventually.
                              Meanwhile, 2 more have taken to the skies;
                              N787FT is heading West from Albuquerque as flight BOE005
                              Flight BOE5 (no tail number) is also heading West from Albuquerque for Kona (Hawaii).
                              I wonder if they are actually the same aircraft? One is a live target while the other is the FAA delayed version.

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                              • #90
                                It has been interesting watching this aircraft over the last couple of days.
                                Yesterday it was going in small circles over the Pacific and today it seems to be doing traffic cop duty, following Interstate 5 from San Francisco to Los Angeles at 10,000' and at a sedate 180mph.

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