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So the thing for kids to do this moment is the Harlem Shake, it’s the latest meme. Here’s how it works, one person is dancing alone for 15 seconds then after a jump cut the frame is filled with dancing people. All of this set to the first thirty seconds of, you guessed it, “Harlem Shake.” Now the Colorado College ultimate frisbee team was traveling from Colorado Springs to San Diego for a tournament and they made this video.

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Boeing has forwarded its proposal for the lithium-ion battery fix to the FAA. The fix includes a shell around the battery, vent tubes, and better insulation between battery cells. An unconfirmed report has the Japan officials be rather unimpressed with the solution as the root cause of the fire is not yet understood. The USA Today is reporting the FAA will review the proposal and report its decision next week.

 

Happy Travels!

Colpuck.

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Yesterday the FAA grounded all US registered 787s pending inspection of the battery system that has failed twice in Japan. Between last night’s post and today, the FAA released the full directive, FAA 787 AD. This AD does not govern non-US aircraft but the EU this morning has followed suit and also grounded the 787 and banned them from flying in EU airspace. That leaves I think Air India, Qatar, LAN, and Ethiopian Airlines as the only airlines able to operate the 787 at this time.

What is concerning to me is that there is no timeline on when the inspections and the potential changes should be completed. What is important to note, is that the part that failed is not manufactured by Boeing but by a sub-contractor. http://www.gsyuasa-lp.com/aviation-lithium-batteries. This company produces batteries for a variety of sources including Honda Hybrid cars. So it isn’t as if this is unproven technology, Lithium-ion batteries have been in use since the late 90’s and most laptops, cell-phones, and other portable electronics use them.

My point is, if you are worried about these batteries better throw away any portable electronic you have. Whatever the error is I am sure it will get sorted out quickly.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/

That’s all there is right now, nothing from the FAA.

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in 1996 the FAA banned US airlines from flying into Iraq. Yesterday as published in the federal register (the daily bulletin for executive branch regulations) that ban has been lifted for cities in northern Iraq. Note this does not include Baghdad. Also those airports must meet TSA standards for flights to the US.

This is nice, however I don’t think there has been scheduled service to Iraq since Pan Am in the 1980’s. I don’t see any US airlines taking advantage of this, but hey I can now dream about going to Erbil on United.

Note, there is currently scheduled service to Erbil on several European and Middle Eastern airlines. Bagdad is served by several Middle Eastern carriers as well as Austrian Airlines.

See the full FAA ruling here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2003-14766

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