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Boeing settles dispute over 787 brake software

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Dec. 31, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
December 31, 2009 3:15 pm

A long-simmering dispute among Boeing, GE Aviation Systems and Crane Co. over brake control monitoring software was settled this week with an agreement to pay Crane and a new relationship between the software maker and Boeing.

Crane and GE Aviation had sparred over who should foot the bill for the new software. Under the arrangement announced Wednesday, Crane will receive $18.9 million in payments next year and will work directly for Boeing, not for GE.

Crane says it will begin work on the new software almost immediately. The brakes on the 787 are the first on a commercial airliner to be actuated by electricity, not by hydraulics.

“We are very pleased to have resolved this matter,” Eric Fast, Crane Co. president and chief executive, said in the statement. “We look forward to continuing our traditional successful supplier relationship with Boeing and working with GE on the landing gear system.”

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