Thread: FAA grounds 787
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:23 AM   #30
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During the past few days I've read in USA Today, Financial TImes, WSJ and the Seattle papers and heard aircraft experts commenting on:
  • 3 large (747s) cargo planes have crashed in the past 5 years and burned due to the Li battery cargo
  • FAA comments are very dubious about a quick fix for the Li battery systems on the 787 with even test flights of the 787 curtailed
  • FAA and aircraft design consultants are murmuring about removing the Li batteries in their entirety and replacing with "older" FAA approved units.
  • The Li battery charger company, Thales, from France is saying Boeing did the design of the battery/charger/output systems with the suppliers not on the hook for the cost of the fix
  • The battery supplier appears to be the largest and longest lived in the Li business supplying batteries to NASA for Space Station applications
Unless this issue is dealt with effectively and quickly Boeing's customers do not have the balance sheet strength to weather the storm. The revenue gain/loss of a few hundred pounds of batteries per plane is quickly evaporating.
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