Aviation News

April 19, 2013

NTSB Reveals Details of Boeing 787 Battery Investigative Hearing

More articles by »
Written by: Jason Rabinowitz
Tags: , , ,
Another angle of are the burnt Boeing 787 battery that caught fire in Boston. (Photo by NTSB)

On Friday morning, the National Transportation Safety Board revealed the agenda for a two-day investigative hearing on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s battery malfunctions. The Boeing Company, GS-Yuasa and Thales will testify and answer questions from NTSB Board members and technical staff about the design, testing, certification and operation of the lithium-ion battery on the Boeing 787 and the battery fire incident.

Starting on Tuesday, April 23, the first investigation panel will focus on the following topics:

  • Reasons for selecting Li-Ion battery technology and its classification as novel design
  • Process for evaluating battery/battery system as novel design and developing certification requirements (Issue Paper)
  • Applicability of Airworthiness Standards for Equipment, Systems, and Installations (14 Code of Federal Regulations 25.1309)
  • Industry safety standards used in development of certification requirements
  • Certification program timeline and high level compliance plans
  • Prime and subcontractors battery expertise and experience
  • Cell,  battery and charging system design and specifications
  • Design development testing and evaluation

Witnesses appearing during the first day of the hearing include several representatives from the FAA, Mike Sinnett, Vice Presidence, 787 Chief Project Engineer, as well as other representatives from Boeing, Thales (manufacturer of the battery charger), and GS-Yuasa (manufacturer of the lithium ion battery).

Day two of the hearing, scheduled for April 24, will focus on the following topics:

  • Battery, cell, and integrated system testing pertinent to certification (qualification, development, other)
  • Safety Assessments
  • Certification process structure and comparison to prior certification programs
  • Retained and delegated approval authority
  • Oversight of delegation organization / authorized representatives
  • Oversight of validation testing for B787 Li-Ion battery
  • Findings of compliance and review of safety assessments for B787 Li-Ion battery

Further information on the investigative hearing can be found on the NTSB website here [PDF].



About the Author

Jason Rabinowitz





 
 

 

FRIDAY PHOTOS: The 787-10 Takes Flight

For this week's Friday Photos, we take a look at the brand new Boeing 787-10 with photos from both North Charleston and Seattle.
by NYCAviation Staff
1

 
 

A Double Dream: Qatar Airways Takes Home Two New 787s

Qatar Airways took delivery of 2 787-8 Dreamliners recently in Everett, WA, and NYCAviation was there for the festivities!
by Mark Lawrence
1

 

 

The 3 Plane Crashes You’ve Never Heard Of: Aviation’s Sacrificial Lambs

There are more than a few crashes from the last decade that you probably have never heard of, but your safety could benefit from their lessons. Why the lack of media coverage?
by Phil Derner Jr.
1

 
 

Seattle Museum of Flight Receives Boeing Dreamliner ZA003

More than 6000 people watched as the museum became the first in the world to receive and showcase Boeing's newest state-of-the-art aircraft.
by Brandon Farris
0

 
 

New Photo of the American Airlines 787-8 and Why the Plane is a Big Deal

There are just a few out there, but we have another exclusive American 787 photo! But what makes this one so special? We explain.
by Phil Derner Jr.
4

 




  • candie88

    LPNP Last few years i used to be low on cash and debits were killing me from all angles. that was UNTIL i decided to generate money.. on the Internet! I visited surveymoneymaker period net, and started doing surveys for straight cash, and really, i’ve been greatly more able to pay my bills! I’m happy, that I did this! With all the financial stress these years, I really hope all of you will give it a chance. rZuf