Facing a deadline that would require major changes to uncertified 737 MAX variants, Boeing continues to argue the status quo—and keeping the family as similar as possible—is the safer course of action.
The FAA issued final paperwork clearing the return to service of 52 Pratt & Whitney-powered Boeing 777-200s operated by United Airlines, ending a grounding that has constrained the carrier’s widebody capacity over the last fifteen months.
FAA Flight Standards Service executive director David Boulter will take the agency’s top civil-service safety job when current acting associate administrator for Aviation Safety Chris Rocheleau leaves government service at the end of May.
New draft guidance on flight path management represents a major milestone in FAA’s years-long effort to address shortcomings in training and operational procedures linked to how pilots ensure aircraft are moving safely and under control.
AT&T and Verizon Wireless have agreed to limit deployment of their new 5G C-band services around some of the busiest U.S. commercial airports, acquiescing to a last-minute plea by major airlines so that aviation stakeholders can further quantify potential safety risks to radio altimeters and related systems.
Input from whistleblowers underscore the need for reform of FAA product certification oversight, with emphasis on ensuring company-employed experts working on behalf of the agency remain free of undue pressure.
The FAA’s compliance with recently enacted aircraft certification reforms is progressing, the agency’s top official said, underscoring that required changes combined with other agency initiatives are changing how the regulator works with companies, notably Boeing.
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson is not anticipating “significant” agency staffing issues linked to workers not complying with a broader COVID-19 vaccine mandate, and reassured lawmakers that contingency plans are in place to handle potential disruptions.
A new FAA safety alert spotlights the risk of inadvertently activating the go-around mode on Boeing 757s and 767s, urging operators and training providers to make sure pilots are aware of the scenario and its role in the 2019 fatal accident of an Atlas Air 767.
The FAA plans to implement new training and several revised processes that ensure issues flagged by its maintenance inspectors are both accurately identified and properly addressed through safety systems.
A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted former Boeing 737 MAX chief technical pilot Mark Forkner, alleging he intentionally withheld crucial information about flight control software changes from FAA officials during the model’s certification, helping set the stage for two fatal accidents linked to the software.
Boeing is developing a series of nacelle improvements for grounded Pratt & Whitney PW4000-powered 777s and wants FAA’s blessing to phase them in as they are finalized, instead of delivering a complete, compliant nacelle structure as required by the agency’s certification rules.
U.S. lawmakers eager to see the FAA wrap up a long-awaited rework of aviation technician education standards are pressuring the agency to meet its latest scheduled release date, which is months after the deadline set by law.