Articles tagged “faa”

Understanding Boeing’s Relationship With the FAA’s Safety Regulators

Understanding Boeing’s Relationship With the FAA’s Safety Regulators

Peter Robison and Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg

Even defenders of the special relationship note that the FAA's inspection team is under-staffed and underfunded. Let's start there.

2 days ago

Trump Nominates Former Delta Air Lines Executive to Lead FAA

Trump Nominates Former Delta Air Lines Executive to Lead FAA

Todd Shields, Bloomberg

Some may criticize the Trump Administration for picking an FAA administrator with an airline background. But the nominee has a deep knowledge of the industry, and should just prove a worthy choice.

6 days ago

Boeing 737 Max Design Certification Comes Under Scrutiny

Boeing 737 Max Design Certification Comes Under Scrutiny

Peter Robison and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Evidence has emerged that institutional failures at the FAA helped create the Boeing 737 Max fiasco. It turns out that allowing the company to approve its own aircraft designs has led to deadly consequences.

1 week ago

Black Box From Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max Crash Shows ‘Clear Similarities’ With Lion Air Tragedy

Black Box From Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max Crash Shows ‘Clear Similarities’ With Lion Air Tragedy

Nizar Manek and Rita Devlin Marier , Bloomberg

The cause of the Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max 8 crash will likely take time to determine but preliminary indications are that the parallels with the Lion Air crash are more than casual. The cozy relationship between Boeing and the FAA may come back to bite both of them.

1 week ago

Did the FAA Allow Public Opinion To Influence Decision on Boeing 737 Max?

Did the FAA Allow Public Opinion To Influence Decision on Boeing 737 Max?

Elaine Ou, Bloomberg

This column makes a valid point. Historically, the FAA has acted based on evidence and data. This time, the agency may have allowed public opinion to influence its decision.

1 week ago

What Convinced the FAA to Ground Boeing 737 Max Jets

What Convinced the FAA to Ground Boeing 737 Max Jets

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

A screw-like device found in the wreckage of the Boeing 737 Max that crashed last Sunday in Ethiopia persuades U.S. regulators to reverse course and ground the Boeing 737 Max.

1 week ago

The Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max Crash Leads to One of the Strangest Weeks Ever in Aviation

The Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max Crash Leads to One of the Strangest Weeks Ever in Aviation

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

The worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 Max fleet “out of an abundance of caution” is a break with the FAA’s traditional data-driven approach to accident investigations. Could this mean an end to the way safety decisions have been made?

2 weeks ago

FAA Grounds Boeing 737 Max Jets in Reversal of Earlier Stance

FAA Grounds Boeing 737 Max Jets in Reversal of Earlier Stance

Brian Sumers, Skift

The Federal Aviation Administration finally bowed to pressure. The United States followed the world and grounded all Boeing Max jets, including the larger models flown by United Airlines.

2 weeks ago

FAA Deems Boeing 737 Max Safe Despite Warnings from Other Regulators

FAA Deems Boeing 737 Max Safe Despite Warnings from Other Regulators

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

We know many travelers are skittish about the Boeing 737 Max. But for the FAA, the easy thing to do would be to ground the airplane. Let's give the agency some credit for examining the facts and making its own decision about the jet's airworthiness.

2 weeks ago

FAA Cautions Southwest and Mechanics That Labor Dispute Imperils Safety

FAA Cautions Southwest and Mechanics That Labor Dispute Imperils Safety

Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Southwest doesn't have a lot of experience with ugly labor disputes. Historically, it has had better relations with represented employees than other U.S. carriers. But this is getting nasty, and the airline needs to solve it. Letting the dispute drag on will be bad for business.

2 weeks ago

4 U.S. Airports Had Security Lane Wait Times Greater Than 30 Minutes

4 U.S. Airports Had Security Lane Wait Times Greater Than 30 Minutes

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The worse things get for the U.S. economy, the more pressure there will be to end the U.S. government's partial shutdown.

2 months ago

FAA Will Recall Thousands of Furloughed Inspectors for Airplane Safety Checks

FAA Will Recall Thousands of Furloughed Inspectors for Airplane Safety Checks

Ryan Beene, Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

It's nice to see the Federal Aviation Administration admit it needs to get safety inspectors back on the job. But how about the entire government getting back to work?

2 months ago