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737 Max, 787 & Co: FAA keeps Boeing for short

737 Max, 787 & Co: FAA keeps Boeing for short

The FAA is demanding further changes from Boeing. The FAA is extending a contract with the plane’s manufacturer for a shorter period than it had hoped.

The supervisor himself was under pressure. Last December, the US Senate warned the national aviation authority to improve oversight of approval of new Boeing models. According to a Senate report, “the FAA’s oversight of the certification process has been eroded.” “Over time, it has increasingly delegated its powers to Boeing and others.”

It’s about a system called ODA, then the organization’s naming. Thus, the FAA delegates tasks to employees of the companies it oversees. These companies hire people to do this.

The Federal Aviation Administration has only three years with Boeing

Boeing’s ODA agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is about to expire. The aircraft manufacturer wanted it to be extended by five years. But the authorities did not agree and only extended three years. During this time, they will check if Boeing is “making necessary improvements” and ensure that “employees can act without interference,” the FAA wrote to Boeing, according to Reuters news agency.

Background: During investigations into Boeing 737 Max, ODA system came under criticism for the first time. In the summer of 2020 there was also In 787 productions at North Charleston Violations. The ODA staff seconded by Boeing is said to have reported to Boeing supervisors who were not even part of the program. In addition, senior Boeing executives are alleged to have put undue pressure on the official development assistance personnel tasked with overseeing 787 production quality control.

Lots of opportunities to get involved

In the spring and summer of 2021 Then the FAA interviewed ODA personnel and recorded: “Boeing culture appears to prevent ODA members from communicating publicly with the FAA.” In addition, the organizational structure appears to have a strong influence on how ODA unit members are appointed and how they are allowed to perform their functions. This provides many opportunities for intervention.

Boeing said at the time it was taking the matter seriously and taking immediate action. The aircraft manufacturer currently asserts that there is “transparent cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration as part of detailed and rigorous oversight processes.”

Approvals by FAA inspectors

The authority also makes it clear that it does not give up certain things in the meantime. Their non-Boeing inspectors and employees will continue to issue final safety clearances for all Boeing 737 MAX and Boeing 787 aircraft.