The Federal Aviation Administration today approved Boeing’s certification plan to test the 787 Dreamliner’s battery system.
Late last month, Boeing presented proposed changes to the FAA and several outlets reported that the FAA was to start flight testing as early as last week.
But the FAA denied those reports, calling them “completely inaccurate.” Now, however, it has given the green light for tests that could take several weeks.
“This comprehensive series of tests will show us whether the proposed battery improvements will work as designed,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a press release. “We won’t allow the plane to return to service unless we’re satisfied that the new design ensures the safety of the aircraft and its passengers.”
After a flurry of lithium-ion battery problems and emergency landings in Japan, the Federal Aviation Administration in January ordered all U.S.-based airlines to ground Boeing 787 Dreamliners until it’s proven that the batteries are safe and in compliance.
As internal flight testing continues, Boeing has a new website to help you better understand what exactly is going on with the 787 Dreamliner fiasco.