FAA Takes Action to Correct Boeing 787 Technical Glitch

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The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered all Boeing 787 Dreamliner operators to take measures to correct a worrisome technology glitch found in the advanced carbon-fiber aircraft. We recently wrote about how Delta Air Lines Cancels 787 Aircraft Order.

Here are more details from a report in The Seattle Times:

“Operators must periodically shut and restart the electrical power on the planes, or the power to the three flight control modules. That will avoid the problem until Boeing has a permanent software fix.

In an airworthiness directive to be published Friday, the FAA said it is reacting to indications that “all three flight control modules on the 787 might simultaneously reset if continuously powered on for 22 days.”

Bottom Line

This is not the first time Boeing’s new jetliner has faced technology issues. The launch of the 787 was plagued with various instances of engine fires and glitches.

In August, Japan-based airline ANA grounded its fleet of 787s amid an engine issue. The 787 is flown by United Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada and Norwegian Airlines to name a few.

Just a few days ago, France-based Air France received a delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner.  Passengers like the 787 Dreamliner due to its quieter engines, larger windows, LED lighting and improved air quality.

Airlines say the plane is more fuel efficient and has a longer range than other planes, making it a lucrative aircraft to operate on long-haul trips. Boeing rival Airbus is starting to deliver a 787 competitor: the A350.

What are your thoughts on the 787? Have you flown it before? Feel free to share your feedback below!

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