Engineers say Boeing pushed to limit safety testing in race to certify planes, including 737 MAX
In 2016, as Boeing raced to get the 737 MAX certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a senior company engineer whose job was to act on behalf of the FAA balked at Boeing management demands for less stringent testing of the fire-suppression system around the jet’s new LEAP engines.
Boeing safety system not at fault, says chief executive
Boeing's boss has refused to admit that a system introduced in its 737 Max 8 aircraft was flawed following two fatal plane crashes.
Appearing in front of investors and the media, Dennis Muilenburg maintained the system was only one factor in a chain of events that led to the disasters.
But new reports have raised fresh questions about the plane's safety.
It has emerged that whistleblowers connected to Boeing contacted the US airline regulator about the system.
Boeing Didn’t Advise Airlines, FAA That It Shut Off Warning System
Accident investigators have linked bad data the system is designed to detect to the deadly Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes
Boeing’s South Carolina Plant Subject to Increased Scrutiny
The Federal Aviation Administration has been increasing its scrutiny of Boeing’s plant near Charleston, S.C., where manufacturing errors have at times threatened to undermine safety.
Reuters: FAA directive mandates new changes to Boeing 787 Dreamliner
“The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday said it was mandating new flight control software and parts to Boeing Co’s 787 Dreamliner to address what it called an unsafe operating condition of certain products on the plane.
Boeing is ramping up inspections after the US Air Force rejected its new KC-46 tanker planes again
>The United States Air Force has once again rejected taking delivery of new Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tanker jets after discovering foreign object debris (FOD) left inside the aircraft by Boeing workers.
>According to the USAF, its inspectors found tools and other debris inside the planes.
>This is the second time in a month the Air Force has halted delivery of the KC-46 for the same reason.
>Boeing delivered its first KC-46 tanker in January.
Is this systemic? The focus seems to be on making money and not on safety. On making money and not on engineering. On making spreadsheets work not on making aircraft work. Being proud at the bottomline, not proud on delivering a good product. Has it gone too far with Boeing?
Disclaimer: I do not want to trash Boeing, but it seems to me that Boeing suffers from a decease where large companies suffer from, just profit maximisation, not optimisation.