Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Brake Software Issue


Reuters is quoting Boeingâ''s 787 Dreamliner general manager Pat Shanahan as saying that Boeing is still on course for making its first delivery of the 787 in the third quarter of 2009. Shanahan also said, however, that there were unexpected problems in getting the software in the 787's brake control system verified to meet certification requirements.

The Reuters story says that the work on the brake control and monitoring system is being done by Hydro-Aire, a segment of the niche engineering company Crane Co, which was in turn subcontracted by General Electric Co's Smiths aerospace unit which it bought in 2007.

The story goes on to note that Shanahan said that, â''It's not that the brakes don't work, it's the traceability of the software,â'' and went on to explain that Crane needed to go back and rewrite certain parts of the brake control software to verify it for the certification process.

"I'm confident it will be done. It's General Electric," Shanahan said.


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