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Boeing 787 Receives Good Safety Review, Tips For Improving Manufacturing Process

Mar 20, 2014 12:05 PM EDT | By Justin Stock
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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner safety report is a good one.(Photo : Creative Commons)

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft received a good safety report from the Federal Aviation Administration, and the airline's technical team.

The aircraft is also up to date on design guidelines, and reliability similar to planes unveiled in their original state after two dreamliners suffered severe battery problems in January prompting the safety review The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

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"Boeing has already taken significant steps to implement these recommendations," the company said in a statement The Times reported.

The report stated one issue with quality control regarding the plane's manufacturing process, and therefore suggested Boeing focus on how information is communicated, and what Boeing and the companies who provide manufacturing parts are looking for in the business relationship, and improving how potential issues are prevented.

"After the first Boeing 787 battery incident last year, I called for a comprehensive review of the entire design, manufacture and assembly process for the aircraft as well as a critical look at our own oversight," Michael Huerta, administrator with the FAA told The Times. "The review team identified some problems with the manufacturing process and the way we oversee it, and we are moving quickly to address those problems," Huerta told The Times.

"The review's findings validate the integrity of the airplane's design and confirm the strength of the processes used to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after the airplane's certification," the company said in a statement The Times reported.

"In some cases, complete and accurate design requirements did not flow down from Boeing to its primary supplier and then to the involved subtier suppliers," the report states, blaming "communication and verification issues along the supply chain," Huera told The Times.

The Boeing 787's main structure is made up of 50 percent of composite materials the website said. This includes the fuselage or main tube, and wing. Because of this layout, the plane can use 20 percent less fuel and gives off 20 percent less carbon dioxide fumes than aircrafts of similar sizes.

 

 

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