Fast-Tracked Aircraft Certification, Pushed by Boeing, Comes Under the Spotlight - B737MAX
Lawmakers are questioning wisdom of allowing FAA to delegate some certification tasks to plane maker following two fatal 737 MAX crashes
March 24, 2019 - by By Ted Mann and Siobhan Hughes for The Wall Street Journal
"There are a whole host of questions about the certification of the plane," said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D., Ore.). "The more I learn, the more concerned I become."
WASHINGTON—The safety-certification process that put the Boeing 737 MAX in the air is coming under congressional scrutiny in what is shaping up as a test of the aircraft maker's influence in Washington.
Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration—which were both targets of the company's multimillion-dollar lobbying—supported efforts to delegate some safety-certification functions to Boeing.
Following the two fatal crashes of Boeing 737 MAX airplanes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, lawmakers are questioning whether a new automated antistall system in the aircraft was properly vetted.