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  • laylow1991 laylow1991 Jan 16, 2013 3:56 PM Flag

    I was a pilot for 40 years. This is a witch hunt on BA.

    Cracked windshields are a daily occurance on all high altitude aircraft. I've personally had them 15 times in my career. If they are cracked you replace them. They don't fall out the way the press has led you to believe. No big deal!!
    Batteries are a different situation. Ni Cad batteries, widely used ( different than the 787 batteries) was a serious problem for all pilots and still is. We are able to isolate the battery from the electrical system and watch the temperature of the battery. If the temperature stabilizes, no problem. If it continues to increase we are going to land.
    The only problem with the 787 is the type batteries being used.
    All other problems are minor.
    Knowing BA as I do, they are 100% on the problem and will find a solution soon.
    As a retired commercial pilot I wouldn't hesitate to fly the 787 as a passenger and with my family.

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    • I now feel more stongly that the charging system on the 787 batteries is more at fault than the batteries themselves.
      If I'm right then the solution is simple. Reduce the charging imput to the batteries.
      I hope I'm right.
      If not then there is an internal battery manufacturing problem.
      We need to wait and see.
      My money is on BA.
      They will solve the problem!

    • I agree with you pilot I was a Lincoln mechanic for 25 yrs just rember all the negative is what they report I serviced brand new cars off the transport that wouldnt even start or move. The media has nothing else to do but bash great companies. Be safe pilot

      • 1 Reply to tgftgftgf
      • I agree even thought I did get in on some puts early this morning and then sold but bought again before the close. I figured we would see a short term drop in the stock b/c of the media and fear of retail investors. With that said, if this is a big issue, it could really hurt the stock. I have a very close relative who works at the Dreamliner plant so let's hope its minor.

    • Sure, the witch broom was on fire

    • And, if the battery is on fire you do what? Blow it out?

      Sentiment: Strong Sell

    • FAA , Boeing and Airlines themselves would ground the plane if there was even the slightest concern in their minds. Transportation Secretary LaHood assured us of that. The trouble I am having is the loss of reputation in the short run. If Flying Public is concerned the stock will go down. As a stock holder I just wonder, but then again I am a long term investor and I see BA can easily go to $150, once these concerns are resolved and full production begins.

      • 3 Replies to fountain123_45
      • Let's see the FAA regulators came out earlier and said they were safe and no problems just last week. This week they were forced to ground them because they were a fire hazard. Talk about egg on their faces. It appeas Ba has FAA in their pocket.

      • FAA did ground the US flights.

        Quatar and other non-US owners are not in the FAA restriction to fly, but I would expect them to follow up shortly on their own

      • FAA grounds all 787

        The FAA ordered the immediate temporary halt of U.S. Boeing Co.'s BA -3.38% 787 Dreamliner flights, saying it requires a "corrective action plan" before flights can resume, and hasn't released a timetable for when that might happen.

        As Boeing struggles with its flagship Dreamliner escalated Wednesday as almost half the global 787 fleet was grounded, with Japan's two main airlines suspending the jetliner from service after a new incident that prompted an emergency landing.

        The move raised prospects that problems related to the batteries and electrical troubles might be broader than previously experienced after a succession of incidents, though other airlines continued to fly a jetliner that U.S. regulators last week deemed "safe."

    • Just one quick question Sherlock. If as you say when the batteries are a problem and you just land, what happens when you are flying out over the ocean and there is no landing port? Wait, I know, you, Mr. so called pilot, will go walk oiut on the plane at 500MPH and pull out your tool belt.

      Can you please take a picture of that. I'm sure it would go viral.

      • 4 Replies to stockwizard10
      • No problem, Boeing stock will go up over 80. Strong buy.

      • Wizard, Boeing has multiple back up systems to prevent a maintenance malfunction that would lead to an accident.
        Batteries are the main problem with the 787 in my opinion and will be solved over time.
        Boeing would never allow their aircraft to fly if they felt it could cause an accident.
        All other malfunctions are teething pains and are not that serious.
        Most accidents are caused by pilots not following safety procedures and ignoring warning systems. Or not familiar with the aircraft they are flying and it's capabilities in unusual situations.

      • What a chump response. They will land when they can. Failed batteries could be isolated or jettisoned. A lot of people are trying to make every incident sound like an immediate crash. Most people would be surprised at how much of a plane could be gone and have a pilot still fly it.

        Sentiment: Strong Buy

      • Everett Herald has a good opinion cartoon on the subject today. The design engineering seems to be a flaw here and over the entire AP. Take the stress test fails on the wing to body. Or the failure of the wings center section where they had to add a couple more buckets of glue.

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