787 Dreamliner http://kplu.org en Boeing Inspecting About 40 Undelivered Dreamliners For Possible Wing Cracks http://kplu.org/post/boeing-inspecting-about-40-undelivered-dreamliners-possible-wing-cracks <p>Boeing says it is inspecting about 40 Dreamliners&nbsp;that may have hairline cracks in their wings. No planes in service are affected; the issue only affects some aircraft still in production.</p><p>Company spokesman Doug Alder says the wing manufacturer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, told Boeing that a change in their manufacturing process may have caused the cracks, which Alder says are very small.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:13:30 +0000 Ashley Gross 14562 at http://kplu.org Boeing Inspecting About 40 Undelivered Dreamliners For Possible Wing Cracks Boeing Reassigns Chief Project Engineer for 787 Dreamliner http://kplu.org/post/boeing-reassigns-chief-project-engineer-787-dreamliner <p>Boeing’s chief project engineer for the 787 Dreamliner, Mike Sinnett, has been reassigned to a new job. Sinnett shepherded the Dreamliner through the battery crisis earlier this year.</p><p>He will become a vice president of product development, in charge of preliminary airplane design. He will also head research and development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 22:06:20 +0000 Ashley Gross 9443 at http://kplu.org Boeing Reassigns Chief Project Engineer for 787 Dreamliner Japan Airlines Dreamliner Safely Returns to Boston http://kplu.org/post/japan-airlines-dreamliner-safely-returns-boston <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">A Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo's </span>Narita<span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;"> Airport has returned safely to Boston's Logan Airport because of a possible fuel pump issue on the Boeing 787 aircraft.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>It's the latest woe for the new Dreamliner aircraft after a lithium ion battery problem grounded the fleet in January and a fire on an Ethiopian Airlines plane last week.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 05:30:12 +0000 The Associated Press 9381 at http://kplu.org Fire Aboard Boeing Dreamliner Shuts Down Heathrow Runways http://kplu.org/post/fire-aboard-boeing-dreamliner-briefly-shuts-down-heathrow <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">Two Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes ran into trouble in England on Friday, with a fire on one temporarily shutting down Heathrow Airport and an unspecified technical issue forcing another to turn back to Manchester Airport.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">The incidents are unwelcome news for Chicago-based Boeing Co., whose Dreamliners were cleared to fly again in April after a four-month grounding due to concerns about overheating batteries.</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:40:15 +0000 The Associated Press & Bellamy Pailthorp 9322 at http://kplu.org Fire Aboard Boeing Dreamliner Shuts Down Heathrow Runways Boeing deliveries top Airbus so far this year in spite of 787 problems http://kplu.org/post/boeing-deliveries-top-airbus-so-far-year-spite-787-problems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Boeing has topped Airbus in airplane deliveries so far this year in spite of the </span>Dreamliner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> grounding that forced Boeing to stop delivering </span>787s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for several months.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The 787 grounding lasted three months, but it seems to have had little effect. Boeing kept producing new Dreamliners in Everett and in South Carolina during that time, then started handing them over to customers as soon as regulators gave the OK, with the newly-modified battery, of course.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 23:13:57 +0000 Ashley Gross 9254 at http://kplu.org Boeing deliveries top Airbus so far this year in spite of 787 problems How do engineers safely test potentially-explosive batteries? http://kplu.org/post/how-do-engineers-safely-test-potentially-explosive-batteries <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Boeing will soon start testing its redesigned </span>Dreamliner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> battery. Battery experts say that means&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">engineers will have to experiment with flammable lithium-ion batteries to see if, well, they explode.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Engineers subject the batteries to something called safety abuse testing — crushing them, sticking nails in them — to see what happens.</p><p>So how do engineers manage to stay safe?&nbsp;</p><p>The trick, according to battery expert Dan Doughty, is to not get too close. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 23:04:34 +0000 Ashley Gross 8008 at http://kplu.org How do engineers safely test potentially-explosive batteries? Former FAA chief explains FAA and NTSB relationship http://kplu.org/post/former-faa-chief-explains-faa-and-ntsb-relationship <p></p><p>Federal safety investigators so far have been unable to pinpoint the root cause of a 787 Dreamliner battery fire. At the same time, the Federal Aviation Administration is weighing whether to let Boeing move ahead with tests of a new battery design. Does the FAA have to wait for the safety investigation to finish? The short answer is, no. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:46:59 +0000 Ashley Gross 7927 at http://kplu.org Former FAA chief explains FAA and NTSB relationship Japan: Probe Of Battery Fire On Boeing 787 Finds Improper Wiring http://kplu.org/post/japan-probe-battery-fire-boeing-787-finds-improper-wiring Two reports on troubles with lithium ion batteries aboard Boeing's 787 Dreamliner:<p>In Japan, where a battery on an All Nippon Airlines 787 overheated and began smoking on Jan. 16, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing, the Transport Ministry released a report Wednesday saying it found that the battery in question had been improperly wired.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=172472575">The Associated Press</a>, citing the Transport Ministry report, said the ANA 787's auxiliary power unit was incorrectly connected to the main battery that overheated. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:01:42 +0000 Scott Neuman 7823 at http://kplu.org Japan: Probe Of Battery Fire On Boeing 787 Finds Improper Wiring Boeing engineers' union to tally strike authorization vote http://kplu.org/post/boeing-engineers-union-tally-strike-authorization-vote <p></p><p>Boeing is facing the specter of a possible engineers’ strike even as the company races to get the 787 Dreamliner back in the air. Tonight, the engineers’ union will tally votes to see whether members have rejected the contract and authorized a strike. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7810 at http://kplu.org Boeing engineers' union to tally strike authorization vote Boeing CEO pledges to keep boosting 787 production even amid FAA grounding http://kplu.org/post/boeing-ceo-pledges-keep-boosting-787-production-even-amid-faa-grounding <p></p><p>Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney says the company plans to keep boosting 787 Dreamliner production even while the planes are grounded for a battery investigation.</p><p>The grounding of the 787 Dreamliner worldwide after two battery failures dominated Boeing’s 2012 earnings conference call. McNerney says the company still plans to produce 10 Dreamliners a month by the end of this year – twice its current rate. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:05:15 +0000 Ashley Gross 7694 at http://kplu.org Boeing CEO pledges to keep boosting 787 production even amid FAA grounding Boeing's 787 woes highlight deep ties to Japan http://kplu.org/post/boeings-787-woes-highlight-deep-ties-japan <p></p><p>The grounding of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has been a big blow to Japan – both its airlines and its aerospace industry. It’s a reflection of the strong ties between Boeing and Japan.</p><p>Japanese airlines have been very loyal to Boeing for decades. They have almost half of the 787 Dreamliners delivered so far. All Nippon Airways was the launch customer.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:26:58 +0000 Ashley Gross 7654 at http://kplu.org Boeing's 787 woes highlight deep ties to Japan Lithium batteries had problems in laptops, before the Dreamliner http://kplu.org/post/lithium-batteries-had-problems-laptops-dreamliner <p></p><p>With its fleet of 787 Dreamliners grounded indefinitely, Boeing is <a href="http://www.ntsb.gov/news/2013/130114.html">looking carefully at the lithium-ion batteries</a> that power much of its innovative electronics.&nbsp;</p><p>These hi-tech batteries are also used in many popular gadgets, from laptop computers to iPhones to electric cars. They make your devices lightweight, and they recharge quickly.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 02:15:21 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7577 at http://kplu.org Lithium batteries had problems in laptops, before the Dreamliner Did the Boeing engineers' strike of 2000 succeed in the long run? http://kplu.org/post/did-boeing-engineers-strike-2000-succeed-long-run <p></p><p>When Boeing engineers and technicians walked off the job 13 years ago, they said it wasn’t just for more money. They wanted to improve the culture of the company and chart a new course for organized labor. Did they succeed?</p><p>At first blush, it looked like a resounding success. The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, or SPEEA, had won a contract with everything they had asked for. Executive Director Charlie Bofferding was triumphant in an interview with KING 5.</p><p>“We’re interacting now based on power and respect, and that’s where we want to be,” Bofferding said.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7528 at http://kplu.org Did the Boeing engineers' strike of 2000 succeed in the long run? Boeing likely back on top as #1 airplane maker http://kplu.org/post/boeing-likely-back-top-1-airplane-maker <p></p><p>Boeing appears to have reclaimed the crown from Airbus as the world’s top commercial airplane maker.&nbsp;</p><p>Much of that stems from strong execution on the&nbsp; 787 Dreamliner, a plane that until recently was the butt of jokes for being three years late. Yair Reiner is an analyst with Oppenheimer &amp; Co. in New York.</p><blockquote><p>"For an industry that had grown really accustomed to having the 787 perpetually miss its targets, in 2012, it hit them," Reiner said.</p><p></p></blockquote><p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 20:01:01 +0000 Ashley Gross 7485 at http://kplu.org Boeing likely back on top as #1 airplane maker First Boeing 787 on Seattle-Tokyo route lands at Sea-Tac http://kplu.org/post/first-boeing-787-seattle-tokyo-route-lands-sea-tac <p>SEATAC, Wash. — Fire trucks spraying rainbows of water Monday morning greeted the first All Nippon Airways 787 to land in commercial service at Sea-Tac Airport.</p><p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 18:59:36 +0000 Jake Ellison 6548 at http://kplu.org First Boeing 787 on Seattle-Tokyo route lands at Sea-Tac