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Originally published February 26, 2013 at 5:40 PM | Page modified February 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM

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FAA may respond next week to Boeing about 787 fix

The FAA could be ready to offer Boeing initial feedback on its proposed 787 battery fix as soon as early next week

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still assessing Boeing’s proposed fix for the 787 battery problem but may be ready to offer an initial response as soon as early next week, according to a person familiar with the details.

That response is not likely to include immediate permission to fly even test flights, but may lay out a path for Boeing to get approval for such tests, the person said.

Last Friday, Boeing formally submitted a detailed proposal to the FAA.

The proposed fix includes a stronger battery containment box, a system of tubes to vent any hot gases directly out of the airplane, better thermal separation between battery cells, and monitoring of individual cells for changes in voltage and temperature.

Dominic Gates: (206) 464-2963 or dgates@seattletimes.com

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