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Pinging for Egyptair MS 804 as the Clock Runs Out

Sunday, June 12, 2016
By George Hatcher
Pinging for Egyptair MS 804 as the Clock Runs Out

When a plane goes down in the ocean, the black boxes aboard have enough juice to ping for thirty days. The pingers on flight data recorders AKA “black boxes” last a minimum of 30 days. After 30 days, the devices are still active, but the sound on which searchers hone is expected to die... »

NTSB Issues Recommendations on Certification of Lithium-ion Batteries

Sunday, May 25, 2014
By George Hatcher

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Should Lithium Battery Transport be banned on Passenger jets?

Friday, April 18, 2014
By George Hatcher

The conversation about forbidding the transport of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft is based on fire risk these batteries present. Current fire control systems cannot suppress lithium metal battery fires, but the fears are that banning the transport will result in driving the shipment “underground.” What do you think should be... »

New Black Boxes with one big Upgrade

Thursday, April 3, 2014
By George Hatcher
New Black Boxes with one big Upgrade

The thirty-day ping life that black boxes are known for is about to be history, thanks to Radiant Power Corp, and Air France 477. After AF447, U.S. and European agencies decided to raise their expectations of black boxes. In 2011, they mandated a requirement that acoustic emergency transmitters be powered for at least 90... »

NTSB PROVIDES UPDATE ON BOEING 787 BATTERY FIRE INVESTIGATION

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
By George Hatcher
NTSB PROVIDES UPDATE ON BOEING 787 BATTERY FIRE INVESTIGATION

WASHINGTON – The investigative work into the Jan. 7, 2013, fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, is estimated to be completed by the end of March, the National Transportation Safety Board said today. The analytical and report writing phase of the investigation will follow the completion of... »

Anniversary of Bhoja Air Crash

Sunday, April 21, 2013
By George Hatcher

The anniversary of a plane crash is always a sad day; It is a day few people recall if they didn’t lose someone; It is a day remembered by children as the moment they found themselves orphaned–and mothers and fathers who found themselves without a child; and husbands and wives who found themselves widowed.... »

FAA Approves Boeing 787 Battery System Design

Sunday, April 21, 2013
By George Hatcher
FAA Approves Boeing 787 Battery System Design

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today took the next step in returning the Boeing 787 to flight by approving Boeing’s design for modifications to the 787 battery system. The changes are designed to address risks at the battery cell level, the battery level and the aircraft level. Next week, the FAA will issue instructions... »

AGENDA ANNOUNCED FOR NTSB FORUM ON LITHIUM ION BATTERIES

Monday, April 8, 2013
By George Hatcher
AGENDA ANNOUNCED FOR NTSB FORUM ON LITHIUM ION BATTERIES

April 8, 2013 WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board today released the final agenda including the participants’ names, affiliations, and biographies for the forum on lithium ion batteries in transportation. The forum, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 11-12, starts at 9 am and will be held in the NTSB Board Room and... »

DATES FOR Boeing Battery INVESTIGATIVE HEARING

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
By George Hatcher
DATES FOR Boeing Battery INVESTIGATIVE HEARING

The National Transportation Safety Board announced today that its two-day investigative hearing into the Jan. 7 battery fire aboard a Boeing 787 at Boston’s Logan Airport will be held on April 23-24 at the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center in Washington, D.C. The hearing will focus on issues relating to the design, testing... »

Lot Airlines Temporary Boeing Fix

Friday, March 29, 2013
By George Hatcher
Lot Airlines Temporary Boeing Fix

Pending solutions for the incidents involving the aircraft’s lithium-ion battery produced by Tokyo- based GS Yuasa Corp, while waiting for Boeing 787’s to come out of hibernation, from April 12 to the end of May Lot Airlines is leasing an Airbus SAS from Portugal’s Hi Fly. The A330 flies 18 in business and 288... »

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