Articles tagged “faa”

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Grounded Boeing 737 Max Jets Get White-Glove Care So They Can Fly Again

Grounded Boeing 737 Max Jets Get White-Glove Care So They Can Fly Again

Julie Johnsson and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Often, when airlines fly planes to the desert for storage, they never fly again. But this is different. Airlines need to make sure the aircraft will be ready to go back into service when the FAA lifts its ban. That requires considerable work.

5 months ago

FAA Prepares to Brief Global Safety Regulators on Boeing 737 Max

FAA Prepares to Brief Global Safety Regulators on Boeing 737 Max

Ryan Beene, Bloomberg

The FAA used to be the gold standard in aircraft regulation. Other countries would defer to it, especially for U.S.-made aircraft. But times are changing.

6 months ago

FAA Board Doesn’t Think Boeing 737 Max Pilots Need More Simulator Time

FAA Board Doesn’t Think Boeing 737 Max Pilots Need More Simulator Time

Alan Levin and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

This is just one step in the process of returning the Max to service. The whole saga will take awhile.

6 months ago

Whistleblowers Say Boeing 737 Max Inspectors Lacked Proper Training

Whistleblowers Say Boeing 737 Max Inspectors Lacked Proper Training

Ryan Beene, Julie Johnsson and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

It turns out that safety inspectors lacked proper training to detect flaws in the Boeing 737 Max line of aircraft. The real bad part is that the FAA knew about this last year, before the two tragedies took place.

7 months ago

Boeing Needs More Time to Complete Max Software Upgrade

Boeing Needs More Time to Complete Max Software Upgrade

Julie Johnsson and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Time is money. Airlines will want Boeing to get the upgrade out as soon as possible so they can safely start flying their expensive aircraft again.

7 months ago

Boeing’s Investors Are the Only Ones Pleased With the Company Now

Boeing’s Investors Are the Only Ones Pleased With the Company Now

Brooke Sutherland, Bloomberg

We'd like to see more scrutiny as the impetus to rally around Boeing right now leaves little room for skepticism and improvements.

7 months ago

Why Hasn’t Boeing Apologized For 737 Max Problems?

Why Hasn’t Boeing Apologized For 737 Max Problems?

Brooke Sutherland, Bloomberg

Most airlines have stood by Boeing despite recent events. But some consumers are skittish. Would they feel better if Boeing went on apology tour? Maybe. But Boeing doesn't seem interested.

7 months ago

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.

7 months 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.

7 months 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.

7 months 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.

7 months 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.

7 months ago