Boeing kept FAA in the dark on key 737 MAX design changes, government report says

July 2, 2020
The flight control system, known as MCAS, was “not an area of emphasis” because Boeing presented it to the FAA as a modification of the jet’s existing speed trim system, with limited range and use, according to the report, Reuters reports.

WASHINGTON - Boeing failed to submit certification documents to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) detailing changes to a key flight control system faulted in two fatal crashes, a long-awaited government report seen by Reuters has found, Reuters reports. Continue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

July 2, 2020 -Reuters reports that the FAA's certification of the Max was "hampered by a lack of effective communication" between the agency and U.S. planemaker. In addition, the report stated that "Key FAA certification engineers and personnel responsible for approving the level of airline pilot training were unaware of the revision to (MCAS)."

“While we have not found any evidence of an inappropriately close relationship between FAA and Boeing to date, some FAA personnel expressed concern that FAA executives are too deferential to Boeing,” the report said.

Related: The ancient computers in the Boeing 737 Max are holding up a fix

Related: FAA to begin test flights of Boeing 737 Max

Related: Boeing resumes 737 MAX production

Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Military Aerospace, create an account today!