The problem is not with 787, but with its batteries. That makes possible a “quick fix” to return the aircraft to operational status. Use nickel-cadmium instead of lithium-ion batteries. Ni-Cads are also rechargeable and have been in use in aviation since the late 1960s. The Japanese manufacturer of the lithium batteries on Boeing's “Dreamliner” can mount a detailed investigation. If the problem is the battery, address it. If the problem is environmental, peculiar to aviation, then the ...


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