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US government department to conduct fresh FAA audit over MAX oversight

The US Department of Transportation will officially conduct an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s November 2020 decision to lift the grounding order on the Boeing 737 MAX. The transportation department’s Inspector General’s office will conduct the audit to thoroughly examine the actions and decision-making processes in the immediate aftermath of the two fatal MAX

Comment: How aircraft certification works and what needs to change

In this cross-posting with The Conversation, aviation law expert Ronnie Gipson jnr explains the aircraft certification process, how it went drastically wrong in the case of the Boeing 737 MAX, and what needs to change in the future. After being grounded in March 2019 following two fatal crashes, the Boeing 737 MAX is expected to

FAA chief completes personal safety flight on 737 MAX

FAA administrator Steve Dickson has completed his personal safety evaluation flight on the updated 737 MAX, however says there are still ways to go before recertification. US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief and ex-commercial pilot Steve Dickson has completed a two-hour evaluation flight on the updated Boeing 737 MAX, following through on his promise not

Monday MAX update: NTSB approves safety changes, others call for more protections

In recent weeks, the embattled Boeing 737 MAX has made great progress towards its recertification. This week, comments are due on the FAA’s proposed safety and procedural changes to the aircraft. NTSB endorses current proposed changes US air crash investigation unit, the National Transportation Safety Board, has backed the proposed safety changes put forward by

EU confirms date to begin 737 MAX safety testing

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has officially confirmed that it will begin its own independent testing on changes made to the Boeing 737 MAX in the week beginning 7 September. The European body intends to conduct these tests in Vancouver, Canada, as global authorities work to ascertain when the troubled aircraft can take

FAA forfeits public safety under external pressure, says staff

The information was gathered in an independent ‘safety culture’ survey, which encouraged the participation of over 7,000 members of staff within the FAA in late 2019 and early 2020.


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