When Boeing 787 deliveries resume, FAA will certify each plane itself

Feb. 17, 2022
Both Boeing and the FAA have determined that the various defects do not pose any immediate safety of flight issue, Dominic Gates reports for the Seattle Times.

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration informed Boeing Tuesday that, when it finally approves resumption of deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner, the agency will perform final inspections on each newly built jet before issuing an airworthiness certificate that approves the plane to carry passengers, Dominic Gates reports for the Seattle TimesContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

17 Feb. 2022 - The FAA has recognized a problem with quality of finished parts in the 787 manufacturing process that resulted in very small gaps at structural joints that were outside of spec.

The agency also inspects the 737 MAX passenger jets individually following a pair of deadly crashes tied to the aircraft's MCAS flight control software.

Both Boeing and the FAA have stated that the 787 defects do not pose any immediate safety or flight issues, and the aircraft has not been grounded.

Responding to the FAA move Tuesday, Boeing in a statement said, “We respect the FAA’s role as our regulator and we will continue to work transparently through their detailed and rigorous processes...We will continue to engage with the FAA to ensure we meet their expectations and all applicable requirements.”

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