Daily Archives: Jan. 16, 2013

FAA orders U.S. airlines to ground all 787 Dreamliners

The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered U.S. airlines to ground their fleet of 787 Dreamliners until the agency is assured that the batteries are safe.

The directive follows two incidents involving the aircraft’s lithium ion battery this week.

United Airlines is the only U.S. airline to operate 787s. It has six.

The agency said it will work with Boeing and U.S. carriers to develop a plan to restore operations as “quickly and safely as possible.”

After an emergency landing in Japan, two Japanese airlines voluntarily grounded their fleets of 787s.

Here’s the FAA statement:

“As a result of an in-flight, Boeing 787 battery incident earlier today in Japan, the FAA will issue an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) to address a potential battery fire risk in the 787 and require operators to temporarily cease operations.  Before further flight, operators of U.S.-registered, Boeing 787 aircraft must demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the batteries are safe.

“The FAA will work with the manufacturer and carriers to develop a corrective action plan to allow the U.S. 787 fleet to resume operations as quickly and safely as possible.The in-flight Japanese battery incident followed an earlier 787 battery incident that occurred on the ground in Boston on January 7, 2013. The AD is prompted by this second incident involving a lithium ion battery.

“The battery failures resulted in release of flammable electrolytes, heat damage, and smoke on two Model 787 airplanes. The root cause of these failures is currently under investigation. These conditions, if not corrected, could result in damage to critical systems and structures, and the potential for fire in the electrical compartment.Last Friday, the FAA announced a comprehensive review of the 787’s critical systems with the possibility of further action pending new data and information.

“In addition to the continuing review of the aircraft’s design, manufacture and assembly, the agency also will validate that 787 batteries and the battery system on the aircraft are in compliance with the special condition the agency issued as part of the aircraft’s certification.

“United Airlines is currently the only U.S. airline operating the 787, with six airplanes in service. When the FAA issues an airworthiness directive, it also alerts the international aviation community to the action so other civil aviation authorities can take parallel action to cover the fleets operating in their own countries.”

Hawker Beechcraft runs King Air promotion as it prepares to emerge from bankruptcy

Hawker Beechcraft wants to gain momentum for 2013 as it prepares to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy a smaller, restructured company, it said.

Customers who buy and take delivery of a King Air 250 or King Air 350i by Feb. 28 will receive credit for a Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics upgrade at no cost, the company said in a press release.

The primary and multi-function touch-screen flight displays come with synthetic vision and a graphical flight management system.

Hawker Beechcraft filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 3.

It plans to emerge from the restructuring a smaller company focused on King Air and Beechcraft products and its military and aftermarket business.

A hearing seeking confirmation from the bankruptcy judge of the company’s restructuring plan is scheduled for Jan. 31.

Hawker Beechcraft is planning to emerge from bankruptcy in the second half of February.