April 19, 2013 – The Federal Aviation Administration – FAA, has approved changes to the Boeing 787’s battery system design, which have been grounded since January, clearing the way for a return to flight.
Boeing made several design changes to the Dreamliner’s Lithium-Ion battery. Next week, the FAA will issue instructions to operators for making changes to the aircraft and will publish in the Federal Register the final directive that will allow the 787 to return to service with the battery system modifications. The directive will take effect upon publication. The FAA will require airlines that operate the 787 to install containment and venting systems for the main and auxiliary system batteries, and to replace the batteries and their chargers with modified components.
By Capt. Ivan