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Regulators are considering Boeing's (BA) request for flight tests of its 787 Dreamliner within...

Regulators are considering Boeing's (BA) request for flight tests of its 787 Dreamliner within the next few days, as company and government investigators seek new ways to ferret out what caused the lithium-ion batteries to catch fire and ground the world-wide Dreamliner fleet. Although the potential green light for testing would be the first flight for the troubled bird in weeks, it won't affect the current status of passenger flights, which remain grounded.
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  • Tony Petroski
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    My thinking is that the planes, like the New Orleans Super Dome, are too green. Green means brown as in brownout.
    5 Feb 2013, 07:38 AM Reply Like
  • thomas85225
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    Ion batteries should only be used in the CEOs and the board of director’s Golf carts and not in $243 millions aircrafts !


    Phil Condit was the only Hand On manger that used design build team, and had the ME-Planner sitting next to engineer, de signer in the office and out in factories with the production worker when Phil become CEO he was still hand-on in many ways


    What every fool that came up with this one! Whatever he salary is, it’s too much!
    Not ever the Three Stooges or Wild E Coyote would every use a ion battery
    The Ion battery will be tested (again) and Boeing should use one of the 40 787 that park due to the lost of configuration control, Or one of the flight test 787 that fully Instrumented Or Evergreen 747 or
    DC-10 super tanker that fully of Fire retardant or in the bomb bay of a B-52H where the crew has election seats or in a P-8


    They are plenty high time aircrafts that Boeing could use; the 777 program used 767 and 747-100 to test 777 systems on!


    In the past aircraft have uses bleed air cooling for the LRU, the 787 is using LIQUID COOLING
    I have yet to see any liquid coolant lines going to the ion battery
    Note the 787 was not flight tested with a fully load of passenger with all the bells and whistles retune on.
    The FAA has never ETOP the passenger for 330 minute but with the 787 it could be another first


    The battery should be relocated into wheel well on a bomb rack where its can ejected from the aircraft, or on a ejection seat with the CEO or the board of director’s sitting on it, for a hot flash or a seat warmer and the Boeing fire department on board too alone with the Seattle times reporter and TV news crew broadcaster live should be on board the aircraft’s to report first hand


    Boeing should take all that park 787 wafting to be rework and turn on all the systems and place close circuit TV’s into the aircrafts alone with the CEO, Boeing board of director’s and the Seattle reporters and see what happen
    The first three DC-9 super 80 test aircrafts line numbers 909, 917, 924 had a escape slide build into the aircraft, leading to the right hand cargo doors and the crew worn parachute (for the aircraft spin test)
    Larry bell of Bell Aircraft once took one of the test aircraft a P-59 Airacomet (?) was the first American jet and Larry bell had a hole cut into the nose of the aircraft and added a observe seat where he’s sit and monitor he’s aircraft, a true CEO devoted to he’s product and not the number of beams, T-time, the bottom line, market share, the stock price the rate of return, the 52 weeks market forecast he bounce, I thought Jim was Ceo not the CFO!
    Wow to summarize let take two 63 pound ion battery that cost $1600 dollars that had problems from 2007 and go flight test on a board 243 million dollars aircraft!


    Hopefully the 787 well be flight tested over Chicago, North Koran, Mild east, Cuba, Everett or Speea HQ


    In 1990 Boeing build a state of the art System Integration Laboratory in Seattle to test 777 and other aircrafts alone with
    ( battery ) LRU, software, aircraft system, flight control on the iron bird before the aircraft take flight
    All new aircraft must go through a 18 to 24 months flight test program before they can carry passenger
    But there never time to build it right the first time that why Boeing has a AOG teams
    I sure Air India will loan Boeing a 787 at no Charge or at the special morning price to test the battery
    Obama will use a 787 to demonstrate the Fiscal Cliff on he’s trip to Vegas or the Grant Canyon
    5 Feb 2013, 05:45 PM Reply Like
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