Originally Posted by rusty case
I would suspect you might be correct.
and a 787 could be even more!
I was once a Get r' Dun guy...
now I'm an armchair kommando....and at the salary they are pulling down, I'll bet I could have generated that level of paperwork... lol
Yet this brings up an interesting point...
The frequent claim of 'pilot error'.
As the captain of the ship, the pilot is responsible for everything about it when he takes the wheel... I might think he would have to know details about all the systems composing his craft. Especially with lives on the line.
....here in RC land, we KNOW LiPo batteries are treacherous...
(and, yes, apparently they were Lithium Ion bats in the 787)
A question might be, if one of us was the commander of a 787, would we fly it with that system aboard?
...I am a marginal small boat skipper.. I would NOT undertake the responsibility of a passenger aircraft !
The captain is not strictly liable. Liability is based on rational fault or lack of prudent airmanship, and none are expected to know or apply engineering principles. He or she can rightly rely on a certificate of airworthiness.