Boeing 787 Dreamliner Software Brake Issue Solved


In July, Boeingâ''s 787 Dreamliner general manager Pat Shanahan said that there were unexpected problems in getting the software in the 787's brake control system verified to meet certification requirements.

Last Friday, Boeing announced that "all known software problems are resolved" and the brakes are now being tested.

This is good news for Boeing, which just ended a 57-day strike with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) union, mostly over outsourcing of future work. The strike cost Boeing an estimated $100 million dollars a day in deferred revenue, and as many as 80 Boeing aircraft may be delayed as well.

The strike will likely push the first flight from this year into next spring, and delay certification and delivery of the first aircraft to All Nippon Airways of Japan from August 2009 to sometime in 2010.


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