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  • yourbestfriendintheworld yourbestfriendintheworld Jan 11, 2013 11:49 AM Flag

    OT: BA

    The Chicago Tribune's version of the story is a bit better balanced. But the way the Huerta said it is still a problem.

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    • yourbestfriendintheworld yourbestfriendintheworld Jan 16, 2013 12:23 AM Flag

      And another 787 just had something catch on fire in the cockpit, this time 30 minutes into a flight.

      The Japanese airlines have grounded all of theirs.

      BA and maybe FAA will possibly repeat the boilerplate about a new design, but when you get repeats in this stuff, it's harder to let it slide.

      Anything about this that was being handled in a routine manner because of the last round of dismissive PR will now be performed in red-alert.

      And Huerta has some 'splainin to do.

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      • yourbestfriendintheworld yourbestfriendintheworld Jan 17, 2013 8:55 PM Flag

        And the last shoe drops.

        The FAA today grounded all 787s in America.

        It's pretty scary that this turned out exactly the way I said it would, that the worst thing is for Boeing to try to paper it over and then have one of those batteries fail in flight. Scarier that the FAA's head was happy to hold the glue bucket.

        But at least BA will have laser focus on it, not just a high alert but all hands doing everything to get this cleaned up in the least possible time. It's a good kick in the #$%$ for an arrogant company. And as problems go, the solution to this one is likely to be a small change in the battery manufacturing process, though there's still a chance they'll have to change battery technologies entirely, and all of the alternatives are heavier and bulkier, which may require significant changes to the aircraft design, which is probably at its limit for fit in the cockpit right now.

        I may even pick up some shares while it's bottoming, but not just yet.

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