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Charred 787 battery  (Source: seattletimes.com)
The FAA is reviewing the request

Things are starting to look up for Boeing as its troubled 787 Dreamliner jet may soon be able to partake in test flights.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently reviewing a request from Boeing to conduct test flights with the 787 soon. Boeing has a couple of battery fixes in mind that it would like to try out.

One of the fixes looks to keep any internal overheating of the battery contained while making sure that ventilation releases hot liquid or gaseous products from the battery to the outside of the plane.

Another fix consists of making sure moisture doesn't get inside the battery, which is what Boeing suspects may have contributed to the recent fires.

Even if the FAA does allow Boeing to conduct test flights, that doesn't mean the 787 will no longer be grounded for passenger flights. In fact, the grounding of 787 passenger flights will likely last for weeks or even months. A recent report indicated that there likely won't be a quick fix to this.

Source: The Seattle Times





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