Criticism by a former Boeing engineer has brought renewed scrutiny to the crashworthiness of the 787's composite airframe.
Are the concerns real or just out-of-date thinking?
Our question of the week currently shows that opinion is fairly split.
If you feel strongly, have your say here ...
If it’s the 787 then just make sure the fasteners are holding it all together
There seems to be a lot of concern about such widespread use of CFRPs, we've all been happy to fly around in light aircraft with impregnated honeycomb structures for years. It is a bold step by Boeing; placing such faith in their research and development and it is a great testiment to their designers and engineers. The general level of ignorance of new materials within both the general public and some who claim to be within the aviation industry is more of a worry than the material itself.
If the plane can get me on holiday safely-I'll fly in it!
Does anyone remember the BBC Horizon documentary on Lightning? The level of damage to aircraft composites caused by a lightning strike was of a totally different magnitude, when compared to metal structures which had a tiny burn mark. Did have some great footage of NASA F-106 being flown through a thunderstorm.
Flight International's comment has its own view on the 787 composite issue
AirSpace - more than just hot air