Investigators: Latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner Fire Not Caused by Battery

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner continued the model's string of bad luck yesterday when it burst into flames on the tarmac at London Heathrow Airport yesterday. The good news was that it was unoccupied at the time. And now there's a little bit more, kinda: investigators say it wasn't the battery's fault. » 7/13/13 2:26pm 7/13/13 2:26pm

Overhauled Boeing 787 Dreamliner Officially Cleared for Take Off by…

Nearly four months after grounding the Dreamliner because its battery exploded into flames on the tarmac in Boston, the FAA has cleared the maligned Boeing 787 for commercial flights. The plane will be permitted to fly up to 180 minutes from its point of departure—the same clearance it had before. » 4/19/13 3:05pm 4/19/13 3:05pm

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Blazes Through New Battery System Tests

Boeing conducted a successful test flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with its new upgraded battery system today. With this test, it's completed the required schedule of tests required for FAA certification. The plane is on fire—and in the good way! » 4/05/13 4:34pm 4/05/13 4:34pm

How Boeing Is Going to Fix the 787 Dreamliner's Battery Problems

Tonight, Boeing detailed its solution for the 787 Dreamliner's battery problems. It involves improving the battery itself, fixing the charging system and adding another layer of protection with an added enclosure. Boeing is still committed to lithium-ion batteries and this solution will allow Boeing to continue to use… » 3/14/13 9:29pm 3/14/13 9:29pm

The 787 Dreamliner Just Took a Completely "Uneventful" Test Flight

No one wants to be on a plane with batteries that are liable to explode, and since Boeing grounded its 787 Dreamliners after such an incident, no one has had to be. Except for the test crew that took one into the yesterday. But don't worry, it all turned out just fine. » 2/10/13 10:00am 2/10/13 10:00am

The FAA May Let Boeing Run Dreamliner Test Flights This Week

Since Boeing's operational 787 Dreamliners were grounded, engineers have been trying hard to solve the problem. Now, the Seattle Times is reporting that Dreamliner test flights could start as early as this week. » 2/05/13 4:59am 2/05/13 4:59am

It Could Be Years Before Dreamliners Are Back in the Air

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner just can't catch a break. After all of the planes were grounded following some seriously troubling melting batteries, the FAA has been taking a look into what exactly went wrong. They'll take their time though; it could be years before the birds are back in the sky. » 2/02/13 7:00pm 2/02/13 7:00pm

Boeing Knew About the 787 Dreamliner's Battery Problems Before It…

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was recently grounded across the world because its lithium ion batteries would self-combust in a blaze of glory (aka the batteries melt). What's interesting is that Boeing knew about all the battery problems in the 787 before any flight was grounded. » 1/29/13 11:16pm 1/29/13 11:16pm

This Is the Battery that Melted In the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

All the 787 Dreamliners—Boeing's most advanced passenger airplane ever—have been grounded because of what you can see above: a melting battery made by the Japanese company GS Yuasa Corp, integrated in the airplane at Boeing Everett Factory, in Everett, Washington. Looks pretty bad to me. » 1/18/13 6:29pm 1/18/13 6:29pm

The FAA Is Grounding All Boeing 787 Dreamliners

After Japan grounded the giant Boeing 787 Dreamliner earlier this morning, the US FAA has announced that it'll also stop flying the 787 for the time being. Battery failures have been causing fires in the jumbojet and the FAA will examine the lithium ion batteries of the Dreamliners in order to prevent damage to… » 1/16/13 6:29pm 1/16/13 6:29pm

Safety Inspectors May Not Be Able To Tell If a Dreamliner Is Damaged

The extensive use of composite materials makes the Boeing 787 one of the most advanced commercial aircraft ever built. And while it's already been approved for flight, safety officials are concerned about the long term viability of those materials, which are now being used in the aircraft's wings and fuselage. » 11/03/11 12:00pm 11/03/11 12:00pm

Why the Boeing 787 Rides Like a Dream

Boeing's latest and greatest, the $193.5 million 787 Dreamliner, is expected to change long-haul air travel just as much as the 707 and A380 Airbus models that preceded it. Here are just a few of the new systems and conveniences on board. » 10/27/11 8:00pm 10/27/11 8:00pm

Boeing 787 Reviewed: Well Worth the Wait

Boeing's first 787 Dreamliner made its first commercial flight today. After years of delays the future of aviation has arrived. And according to reviews, it was a totally pleasant flight. Even if the 787 can't totally fix flying, it might make it a whole lot better. » 10/26/11 4:32pm 10/26/11 4:32pm

At Last, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Is Now Certified to Fly!

At long last! After much suffering and delays, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been certified to fly by the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency. Now Boeing can start delivering the planes to their clients. » 8/29/11 11:21am 8/29/11 11:21am