Appropriator Asks NASA to Help Boeing Fix Dreamliner Problems

        Appropriator Asks NASA to Help Boeing Fix Dreamliner Problems

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Congressman Chaka Fattah
(D-PA), the lead Democratic Appropriator for NASA, today called on the space
agency to provide scientists, engineers and expertise to the Federal Aviation
Authority and Boeing to resolve mechanical problems that led the FAA to ground
the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet.

Fattah has visited the Boeing plant in Washington and witnessed first-hand the
skill and dedication that the Boeing Team brings to every project but
understands that sometimes outside input can be helpful.

"I am asking that NASA lend its expert knowledge to Boeing as the company
works with the FAA to address the technical problems related to the
Dreamliner's lithium battery leakage," Fattah wrote in a letter to NASA
Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr.

Fattah cited as precedent NASA's "past success with Toyota" in helping the
automaker identify and repair an acceleration program in vehicle release that
had caused significant safety problems and a major vehicle recall.

"The United States has always led the world in technological innovation in
aerospace. NASA has certainly been a key force behind these extraordinary
engineering achievements," Fattah said. "In the past, NASA's engineers have
provided their expertise to industries and companies facing unique
technological challenges."

Fattah is Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee's
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies, which
includes NASA. The text of the Congressman's letter to Bolden follows:

January 13, 2013

Charles F. Bolden Jr.
Administrator
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
300 E St SW, Suite 9J24
Washington, DC 20546

Dear Administrator Bolden,

The aviation industry is facing a set of technological challenges that without
expert intervention could have significant negative ramifications. As you
know, Boeing's 787, known as the Dreamliner, has been grounded  by 
theFederal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as by authorities in Japan
and Europe. Given your past success with Toyota's recall investigation, I am
asking that NASA lend its expert knowledge to Boeing as the company works with
the FAA to address the technical problems related to the Dreamliner's lithium
battery leakage.

The United States has always led the world in technological innovation in
aerospace. NASA has certainly been a key force behind these extraordinary
engineering achievements. In the past, NASA's engineers have provided their
expertise to industries and companies facing unique technological challenges.
In 2010, Toyota called on NASA's electronic and software systems engineers to
determine the source of the acceleration problem in Toyota's vehicle release.
As a result, the vehicles were repaired and many lives were saved.

I have visited the Boeing plant in Washington and witnessed first-hand the
skill and dedication that the Boeing Team brings to every project. Boeing
plays a crucial role in supporting the United States' export and manufacturing
industries and it is vital that the company meet all the requirements set
forth by the FAA.

Your leadership can help maintain the longstanding reputation of our aviation
industry and maintain the growth and sustainability of the associated
industries.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this request. Please let me know
about follow-up and any additional questions you may have.

Very truly yours,

Chaka Fattah
Member of Congress

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

Website: http://fattah.house.gov/
Contact: Debra Anderson, debra.anderson@mail.house.gov, +1-202-225-5402
 
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