Boeing Dreamliner to undergo federal safety review

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posted on Jan, 14 2013 @ 09:22 PM
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the 787 has had its fair share of problems lately - and news today that JAL's grounded airliners leaked fuel during their safety tests won't help the case!

However the recently announced Federal review of the 787 (LA Times article) is also indicative of a new direction in aviation safety - looking at the "whole picture" of an aircraft ratehr than looking at systems and problems individually and usually in isolation.

The review also perhaps marks Michael Huerta's "coming of age" as an aviation regulator - when he was appointed to head the FAA in 2010 there were grumbles that he had no aviation background. However tehre seems to be a general acceptance that new technology aircraft require new means of regulation, and Huerta has proven himself intelligent and a quick learner, and able to forge consensus between aviation groups over contentious isues such as NextGen ATC.




posted on Jan, 14 2013 @ 10:52 PM
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The aircraft is actually on par with the 777 in the early days, and ahead of other Boeing aircraft at the same stage in their development. Boeing apparently got a batch of bad circuit boards, which led to the United and Qatar problems. They found 16 boards from one lot that had at least three bad ones in the lot.

The JAL fuel leaks were both on the same aircraft. There was a design problem with fuel lines, which would lead to them leaking. This was a known problem, it just happened to hit the same aircraft twice.





 
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