Boeing 787 range capped by FAA following Rolls engine glitch

Apr. 16, 2018

  • Boeing 787 planes equipped with potentially faulty Rolls-Royce engines face restrictions on how far they can fly following a new ruling by the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • The measure restricts the planes from operating more than 140 minutes from a diversionary airport, down from 330 minutes currently, the FAA says, adding that ~14 U.S. planes are affected.
  • The European Aviation Safety Agency last week ordered extra maintenance checks on certain Trent 1000 engines after durability issues afflicting blades were worse than first thought.
  • The FAA says the engine involves “an unsafe condition” requiring the “immediate adoption” of new rules but will be re-assessed once Rolls-Royce has presented a fix for the fault.

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