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Boeing needs a last-minute regulatory intervention to avoid a delay of the entry-into-service date later this month for the 787-9.
The company has asked the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to quickly approve exemptions that would allow the 787-9 to be delivered on schedule despite two critical flight systems deemed non-compliant with airworthiness regulations.
“The certification process provides a method for identifying component issues that do not result in an immediate safety concern but need to be addressed,” Boeing tells Flightglobal. “We have followed that process and proposed plans to the FAA to address two components on the 787-9.”
The requested exemptions would cover a newly-discovered reliability problem with the ram air turbine (RAT) and a functional issue with the altitude-select dial on the mode control panel, according to a Boeing petition for relief filed on 4 June
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: boomer135
Yeah I know. One of the points of the 787 was that it was one of the first truly digital architectures from the ground up, and they are giving it freaking dials still. Hopefully the new control panel they're rolling out next year will revise that.