Saturday April 20, 2013

FAA Approves Boeing 787 Battery Design Changes

It will not be too much longer before the grounded Boing 787 is back in the air. Just this week, the FAA has approved the new battery designs and protocols to get the passenger liners back flying.

Before the planes can fly, they must be fitted with a "containment and venting" system for both lithium-ion batteries on the 787, the FAA said. That includes a stainless-steel enclosure to prevent heat, fumes or fire from spreading if a battery overheats in flight. Batteries and battery chargers must also be replaced with different components, the FAA said.