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FAA to approve resumption of 787 Dreamliner flights

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Three months after being grounded the 787 Dreamliner is getting cleared to fly once more -- on the condition of a revamped battery system being retro-fitted into all the planes. The Federal Aviation Authority issuing the all-clear Friday afternoon.

Each plane needs to have the revamped battery system added to the plane, then be inspected and signed off on before taking to the airways once again. Former Inspector General of the Department of Transportation, Mary Schiavo, says that process can be much quicker than expected. "The ones right here at Boeing, they can start making the repairs immediately. So we could have those out of here very quickly."

"There is an old saying made my Donald Douglas who did all the Douglas Aircraft lines, and he said when the weight of the paper equals the weight of the plane you can go flying." Schiavo jokingly continues, "Now that the 787s are so light, maybe it is when the weight of the paper exceeds the weight of the plane you can go flying."

"But it is very important because those papers are the airplanes birth certificate, and what lets you know the aircraft is safe."

With the drama in Boeing's rear view mirror Schiavo doesn't expect any problem for the airplane manufacturer. "If they make it good with their carriers, then you know the old saying - if it isn't Boeing, I'm not going."

The plane's grounding on Jan. 16, an enormous black eye for Boeing, marked the first time since 1979 that FAA had ordered every plane of a particular type to stay out of the air for safety reasons. UBS analyst David Strauss estimated last month that the 787 will cost Boeing $6 billion this year.

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