Long road to a S.C. Dreamliner!!

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    The first Boeing Co . 787 made in South Carolina will roll out of its Charleston facility on April 27.

    The Charleston, S.C. Post and Courier reports Boeing (NYSE: BA) is planning a big event, with Boeing executives and 6,000 local plant employees being joined at the invitation-only rollout by South Carolina dignitaries and media. This will be the first time Boeing has assembled a commercial airplane outside Washington state since World War II.
    Boeing's first S.C.-made 787 rolling out April 27 - Puget Sound Business Journal

    I thought that after the recent dust up with NLRB and both sides of the political debate on this issue that its worth mentioning that the first 787 produced in S.C. is set to roll-out and I add my congrats to all those hard working Boeing employee's that made this happen. Perhaps the best thing when looking back on this issue is to realize that when Americans set their mind to do something we can accomplish it, and often times when Washington gets out of the way even more so, or better yet Washington acts in a manner that helps Americans bring this amazing aircraft to the world its a good thing for all of us.
     
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    Are Dreamliner jets safe?...
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    Boeing Dreamliner incidents raise safety concerns
    9 Jan.`13 - Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner jet suffered a third mishap in as many days on Wednesday, heightening safety concerns after a string of setbacks for the new aircraft.
     
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    ...Only those produced by non-union labor (LOL)?
     
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    FAA playin' catch-up with Japanese airlines...
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    Aviation technology advances, FAA tries to keep up
    Jan 19,`13 -- After two separate and serious battery problems aboard Boeing 787s, it wasn't U.S. authorities who acted first to ground the plane. It was Japanese airlines.
     
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    I think that the only Dreamliners in service today are from the Union shop...but I don't know that for a fact. The OP says the first Dreamliner has yet to roll off the SC line.
     
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    Uncle Ferd says if the battery's catchin' fire when it ain't overcharged, den there's a problem with the battery...
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    NTSB: Plane battery that burned not overcharged
    Jan 20,`13 WASHINGTON (AP) -- The battery that caught fire in a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 in Boston earlier this month was not overcharged, but government investigators said there could still be problems with wiring or other charging components.
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    Dreamliner: Japan and US probe battery maker
    21 January 2013 - All 50 Dreamliners in operation are currently grounded
     
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    Investigative scope shifted from battery to monitoring system...
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    Boeing 787 probe shifts to monitoring system maker
    Jan 28,`13 -- The joint U.S. and Japanese investigation into the Boeing 787's battery problems has shifted from the battery-maker to the manufacturer of a monitoring system.
     
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    Boeing failed to carry out thorough tests...
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    Boeing 787 Dreamliner tests 'missed fire risk'
    7 February 2013 - NTSB head Deborah Hersman: "This investigation has shown that a short circuit in a single cell can propagate to adjacent cells and result in smoke and fire"
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    Boeing working on 787 battery changes for fire risk: WSJ
    6 Feb.`13 - Boeing Co is working on battery design changes that would minimize fire risks on its grounded 787 Dreamliner and could have the passenger jet flying again as soon as March, the Wall Street Journal reported.
     
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    European air safety officials extended checks for Airbus A380 wing cracks to the entire superjumbo fleet on Wednesday and said the widespread defects could pose a safety risk if left unremedied.
    Airbus A380 wing checks extended to entire fleet | Reuters

    An Airbus 380 superjumbo operated by Emirates Airline had to make an emergency landing in Sydney after suffering an engine fault shortly after take-off on Sunday.
    Emirates Airbus 380 in emergency landing - FT.com

    Aircraft maker Airbus has been ordered to ground and check the wings of all A380 superjumbo planes currently in operation.

    The move forced by The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) comes after Australian carrier Qantas Airways grounded one of its A380 aircraft after engineers found 36 wing cracks after the aircraft encountered severe turbulence.
    All Airbus A380 aircraft grounded due to wing cracks | The Manufacturer

    Here's the point, the battery issue in the 787 while not a good thing, it's an issue common with new comercial aircraft as well as Military aircraft, in that issue will arise over the life cycle of an aircraft that will require additional engineering. It is NOT a matter of Boeing or for that matter EADS not carrying out enough tests. If in the case of the battery it is gound to be a design flaw in the battery then that can be rapidly fixed.

    As of August 15, 2011, the 787 test aircraft have flown 4,828 hours in 1,707 flights combined over 9 months. with one aircraft even struck by lightning with no interruption of flight. The previous Boeing Aircraft Test program the 777 had an 11 month Test program with the exact same number of aircraft and roughly the same number of hours and the 777 has been flying for several years now and it too had some issues like every new aircraft, but has grown to be a reliable American made Aircraft. So rather then spending our time talking about how bad our nations newest commerical aircraft is which it's not, much to our own demise, let's talk about how as a nation we can support our own industries and our own workers, and applaud those who in the interest of safety are doing all they can to make this aircraft the safest in the world.
     

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