Interesting article by Chesser regarding the 787 Dreamliner battery problem, green energy faction, lobbying and subsidies.
We lost a space shuttle because NASA bowed to the same pressure and altered the composition of the foam insulation on the external fuel tank. It had been changed in 1997 to exclude the use of freon, which eliminated the preferred material chosen by engineers.
On the issue of the headquarters relocation mentioned in the article: I wonder if moving to a city that has had 40+ murders this month alone makes wonder if the $63MM was worth it? What happens if/when a Boeing employee or family member is killed? Will they remember why Dallas or Denver were such bad choices?
Boeing has been working on the P-8 for six years and it doesn’t work, either. Like the 787, the P-8 was supposed to be “more environmentally sensitive.” That goal has been achieved; when an aircraft can’t fly, it is indeed more environmentally sensitive. The process is broken.
But American engineers fixed the problems and the 727’s are looked back on with great fondness by many.
I'm confident the Boeing engineers will fix the problems..and this to shall pass.
Delta took a different approach to lowering fuel costs, they bought a refinery outside Philadelphia.
“...and will argue that the aviation industry always seeks to lower its costs (like any business), especially the biggest ones: labor and fuel. This is true...”
So one builds a more fuel efficient plane that more people will buy so they can make more money. I know they had a LOT of problems because of them parting out so much to other countries - but that was also done to promote the bottom line “Okay, your country can make the landing gear but you have to order 10 planes from us.”
I have NO IDEA why the writer brings this Lithium batteries into the fray when he blames Boeing for being “Green”. Perhaps they are lighter than other batteries? Run things that used to be run by the engine power? That would have been interesting to know - then one might be able to agree that they pushed the “fuel efficiency” thing a bit too far for current technology.
The quick fix is asy, replace the batteries with older, proven technology.