The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still reviewing a proposal submitted by Boeing for a solution to the ongoing issues surrounding the 787 Dreamliner.
FAA administrator Michael Huerta says today that the agency is reviewing the certification plan submitted by Boeing. "We are reviewing that plan and we hope to make a decision soon," he says at the Aviation Forecast and Policy Summit. He did not elaborate on when the agency plans to make a decision.
Boeing had submitted the proposal to the FAA on 22 February, in which it proposed adding new protections to prevent fires in the batteries that power the auxilliary power unit of the 787. The FAA grounded the 787 fleet on 16 January after two incidents in which the lithium-ion batteries overheated on two 787s, resulting in a fire in one case.
The FAA's Transport Directorate in Seattle was expected to submit a report on Boeing's proposal to Huerta this week, in which it was expected to recommend whether or not to accept the airframer's proposed fix. Huerta did not indicate today if he has received this report.