Dreamliners Still Grounded for Batteries

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
By George Hatcher

No one doubts the Boeing Dreamliner problems need to be solved.

Whether it is lithium-ion batteries thermal runaway or the entire system dealing with those batteries, a solution must be found.

Will the battery be changed? Will the system be changed? It remains to be seen. Grounding the fleet has been expensive, but less expensive than the cost of human lives should they fail again.

Have these volatile batteries actually been controlled? Were the batteries in question flawed, or overcharged? When we hear that ten batteries were replaced for low charges, is it possible that the low charges were the correct standard?

Has anyone asked if someone tampered with the affected batteries to raise the charge?

Boeing has asked for the FAA to conduct test flights.

Beginning test flights before the battery type has been replaced or the system replaced may be precipitous. Is adapting the system going to prevent future problems?

Japan has released a report:

See Report

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