FAA approves battery system improvements to the Boeing 787

The long and painful 787 battery saga may be coming to an end for Boeing and its 787 operator/customers. The FAA has approved Boeing’s design changes.

The FAA will require airlines that operate the 787 to install containment and venting systems for the main and auxiliary system batteries, and to replace the batteries and their chargers with modified components. The improved battery system includes design changes to both prevent and isolate a fault should it occur. In addition, improved production, operating and testing processes have been implemented. The new steel enclosure system is designed to keep any level of battery overheating from affecting the airplane or even being noticed by passengers.

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