It is looking increasingly likely that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is nearing the end of its three-month long grounding order.

FAA Announcement for 787

The FAA have just announced the approval of Boeing’s proposed design changes to the aircraft’s lithium-ion batteries.

With the approval order, Boeing will have the authority to begin retrofitting the aircraft with the new battery system and containment kit.
The modified battery system will have a toughened case, additional circuitry protection and a system to vent smoke.

It is possible that the 787 will return to the skies within the next few days.

Here at Plane Finder we are looking forward to seeing the aircraft once again in our live tracker systems.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Returns
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Press Release from the FAA

The full text of the press release is included below:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took the next step in returning the 787 to flight by approving design’s for the modifications to the 787 battery system. The changes are said to address risks at the battery cell level, the battery level and the aircraft level.

After this announcement, the FAA issued instructions to operators for making changes to the aircraft and published in the Federal Register the final directive that will allow the 787 to return to service with the battery system modifications. The directive will take effect upon publication.

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