FAA approves certification program for Boeing 787 battery fixes

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Last month Boeing presented a series of proposed fixes to the Federal Aviation Administration intended to address problems with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s lithium-ion battery system — and today the FAA has taken the first step towards approving those changes. In a press release, the FAA states that it has approved the “certification plan” — essentially allowing Boeing to begin a testing process to prove whether the battery fixes will get the job done. As part of that plan, the FAA is approving limited test flights for two different aircraft. Those test vehicles will be outfitted with prototype battery systems incorporating the fixes. The changes included redesigned internal battery components, improved insulation of the battery…

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