Boeing 787 Dreamliner completes final test – Business Courier

Boeing has put its embattled 787 battery changes through a final flight test and hopes regulators will sign off on the alterations to allow the planes back in the air, CBS News reports.

The Dreamliner has been grounded since mid-January because of the batteries that became overheated.

The changes to the battery include more insulation and a box designed to vent hot gases out of the plane in the case of a meltdown.

The test was conducted in Everett, Wash., on Friday, and officials are expected to submit the data soon. The Federal Aviation Administration has not set a date for its decision on the fixes.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates aviation incidents but doesn’t have enforcement power, plans a two-day hearing on the 787 incidents beginning April 23.

Evandale-based GE Aviation, which builds the engines for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, has benefitted from the contract despite problems with the batteries that it did not produce.

via Boeing 787 Dreamliner completes final test – Business Courier.

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