From the New York Times:
By CHRISTOPHER DREW
Published March 6, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration is close to approving Boeing’s approach to fixing the batteries on its 787 jets, and tests could begin next week, federal and industry officials said Wednesday. The F.A.A. could still demand changes in Boeing’s proposed new battery design if problems develop in the laboratory and in flight test, which will take several weeks. But the decision to start the tests will mark a major step in Boeing’s efforts to get the innovative jets, which have been grounded since mid January, back in the air…
The F.A.A.’s Seattle office on Wednesday was wrapping up its recommendation to approve Boeing’s plan to carry out the tests needed to certify that the battery fixes would work, federal officials said…
Department officials said Mr. LaHood and Mr. Huerta had been kept informed of the details of the proposal as it was created, and they are expected to sign off on it…
by ANDY PASZTOR, MONICA LANGLEY and JON OSTROWER-Wall Street Journal
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood needs more information to be convinced that Boeing Co.'s BA +0.53%proposed fixes to batteries on its 787 Dreamliner are adequate to enable the jet to resume commercial flights.
"I have made it very clear that I want a thorough review" of the Boeing plan, Mr. LaHood told The Wall Street Journal Wednesday. "I am going to ask a lot of questions" before a final decision is made.
Mr. LaHood's comments are the latest sign that Boeing faces regulatory headwinds in getting quick approval for a package of fixes to the Dreamliner's battery system that it hopes will end the world-wide grounding of its flagship jetliner that started in mid-January.