Boeing has completed certification testing for new battery on its 787 plane.

“Today’s flight marks the final certification test for the new battery system, completing the testing required by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),” Boeing had said in a statement yesterday.

The airplane took off and landed at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, home to the company’s largest plane-building factory, the statement said.

The Boeing 787 flight departed at 10:39 a.m. local time with a crew of 11 onboard, including two representatives from FAA. The airplane flew for one hour and 49 minutes and landed back at Paine Field at 12:28 p.m.

The crew reported that the certification demonstration plan was straightforward and the flight was uneventful.

The purpose of the flight was to demonstrate that the new battery system performs as intended during normal and non-normal flight conditions, the statement said.

Boeing will now gather and analyse the data and submit the required materials to the FAA.

“We expect to deliver all of the materials to the FAA in the coming days. Once we deliver the materials, we stand ready to reply to additional requests and continue in dialogue with the FAA to ensure we have met all of their expectations,” it added.

(This article was published on April 6, 2013)
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