FAA Insists on Certifying New Dreamliners | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date



Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday


Airborne On YouTube



Airborne-Unlimited-05.15.24 Airborne-AffordableFlyers-05.16.24


Sat, Feb 19, 2022

FAA Insists on Certifying New Dreamliners

Boeing Not Anticipated to Be Allowed to Self-Certify New Production Aircraft

Boeing's production woes have continued, as the FAA said the company will not be allowed to self-certify new 787 Dreamliners. Outgoing FAA administrator Steve Dickson said the agency needs to see "a systemic fix to their production processes,” he said in reference to the issue. “They've got to produce the quality on their production line that we're looking for and that they've committed to." 

Problems with the manufacture of the aircraft have plagued it for months, since deliveries were suspended in May after regulators became wary of proposed inspection methods. With a not-insignificant portion of the FAA’s name on the line, their caution makes sense, and keeping Boeing on a short leash is an easy way to guard themselves from allegations of going easy on them. The FAA said that once deliveries resume, it would be the one to perform final inspections and retain power to clear a new aircraft for delivery until FAA inspectors are positive it meets quality control standards. The most recent stop was the result of unacceptable panel gaps in the various fuselage connections, no small issue when the aircraft relies so heavily on composites to be securely joined. The agency added that the company must create a plan for handling those that are returned for reworking. 

The move breaks from years of tradition that came under intense scrutiny following the fiasco of the 737 Max, where Boeing employees were effectively deputized with the blessing of the FAA to act as inspectors on the company’s own aircraft. While the move got them off of the government payroll, it also put them under Boeing's purview, with all the conflicts of interest that could conceivably entail.

The administration's near cluelessness about the flight control and MCAS systems on the Max after 2 fatal accidents revealed that while convenient, the inspection system was not as effective as it was hoped to be. Emails and conversations dug up through the investigation revealed layers of obfuscation and pressures to accelerate approval that would not have occurred had many of the inspection personnel been retained by the FAA.

The last delivery in May 2021, before they were paused, has left Boeing with more than 100 aircraft waiting to be approved, with no prospective date for eventual release. The company has essentially tiptoed around the issue, possibly out of a wariness towards exerting undue pressure for FAA recertification. By all appearances, the agency is content to take as much time as it needs, taking a more cautious stance now that its role has grown to a higher-profile stamp of approval. 

FMI: www.boeing.com


More News

Classic Aero-TV: Remembering Bob Hoover

From 2023 (YouTube Version): Legacy of a Titan Robert (Bob) Anderson Hoover was a fighter pilot, test pilot, flight instructor, and air show superstar. More so, Bob Hoover was an i>[...]

ANN FAQ: Follow Us On Instagram!

Get The Latest in Aviation News NOW on Instagram Are you on Instagram yet? It's been around for a few years, quietly picking up traction mostly thanks to everybody's new obsession >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.15.24)

Aero Linx: B-52H Stratofortress The B-52H Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions. The bomber is capable of flying at high subsonic spee>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.15.24):Altimeter Setting

Altimeter Setting The barometric pressure reading used to adjust a pressure altimeter for variations in existing atmospheric pressure or to the standard altimeter setting (29.92).>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.16.24)

"Knowing that we play an active part in bettering people's lives is extremely rewarding. My team and I are very thankful for the opportunity to be here and to help in any way we ca>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2024 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC