Tue, Jun 05, 2007
Says Dispute Lies Between FAA And Europe
Recently increased fees imposed by European Aviation Safety
Agency regulators to certify Boeing's upcoming short-haul variant
of its 787 Dreamliner are too high, says the planemaker, and as a
result Boeing has withdrawn its application request for EASA
certification of the plane.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the pulled application
only affects the 787-3, slated to enter service in 2010. The
dispute does not affect Boeing's plans to pursue EASA certifiiation
of the first Dreamliner model slated to enter service, the
Boeing's decision is indicative of growing discord between the
FAA and EASA over the bilateral "Open Skies" agreement aimed at
easing travel restrictions between the US and Europe. In a speech
last month before American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said the new
certification fee "flies in the face of actual cost."
(It's worth noting Blakey's statement echoed those made by
representatives in the general aviation community, directed against
the FAA's proposed user fees for pilots of
small aircraft, and increases in costs to certify GA
The fee hike reportedly went into effect on Friday.
Scott Carson, CEO for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the
affair is essentially a dispute between the FAA and European
regulators. He added the company's decision to pull its request for
certification of the 787-3 wouldn't affect the program.
Boeing spokeswoman Liz Verdier confirmed Boeing sent a letter to
EASA, formally withdrawing its application for the 787-3. She would
provide no further details.
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