US: Inspect all 787 transmitters

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    The article says Thomson already removed the transmitter from all of their 787s. Not sure that I'd be terribly happy with that "solution" considering what it's for.

    But I guess in light of the potential problem, they'd rather be thorough.
     
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    Indeed. Looks like Thomson has lost trust in the transmitter, while others seem to follow local laws or their own inspection results. [ see below ]

    Some more:

    || Boeing 787 Safety Move Splits Airlines Over Honeywell Beacon ||

    Interesting requirements / regulations and what airlines do or can't do:

     
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    None of these ELT's has had any problem other than the Ethiopian one, regardless of aircraft type. One might question why it is located above the side of the galley in the B787, I suppose, and verify correct wiring, as the FAA requires. Somehow it seems the story has not yet been told. It would be surprising were there a fundamental problem with the ELT battery, especially given that it is non-rechargable, life-limited and used only in exceptional circumstances (i.e. a crash).
     
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    Is serviceable ELT part of minimum equipment list for some airlines?
    It seems not for Thomson Airways.
     
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    That's a very good question... I would assume there are aircraft components that are mandatory equipment and cannot be removed, regardless, and should instead be serviced -- things like the slides or recorders. I'm kind of surprised that the transmitter is basically "optional" equipment, even though it appears to just supplement other equipment in the event of an emergency.
     

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