trpmb6 wrote:Boeing asks suppliers to cut production rate outlook for 2020 from 125 planes to 72 planes.
https://simpleflying.com/boeing-supplie ... cial-woes/
Unclear if Boeing itself would maintain a higher number given the number of stored fuselages right now.
Pilots and test crew members from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Co (BA.N) aim to kick off a certification test campaign for the 737 MAX on Monday, expected to last at least three days, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
A report set to be released Wednesday by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation concludes that Boeing deliberately played down the details of the flight control system that later helped bring down two 737 MAX jets so that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), responsible for certifying the new system, entirely missed its significance and danger.
I think we’re making tremendous progress. Those MAX moments [and the loss of lives] were devastating. It was like an earthquake. I don’t want anybody at Boeing or in the world to forget that. We have more work to do so those kinds of things never happen again. There is more board engagement around safety and implementation of a more comprehensive safety management system within the company to gather not just discrete failures on airplanes but also squawks in the service industry to highlight things we should be looking at in the company and processing in real time.
We’re also muscling up the engineering arm of the company. It’s really [allowing] engineers to be independent of program leaders and have a direct line to the board on safety reporting. We’ve announced all the reorganizations, and we’re not getting any pushback. Our program managers welcome it.
Today, the FAA sent a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for a Boeing 737 MAX airworthiness directive (AD) (PDF) to the Office of the Federal Register for publication. The NPRM proposes mandating a number of design changes to address an identified unsafe condition. When the NPRM publishes in the Federal Register, a 45 day public comment period will begin. The FAA is posting the NPRM on its website today to enable the public to begin review early.
The FAA will also be placing the Preliminary Summary of the FAA’s Review of the Boeing 737 MAX (PDF) in the docket to assist with the review of the proposed AD.
The FAA’s proposed steps for operators to clear Boeing 737 MAXs for service include separating wire bundles deemed to be noncompliant with regulations and conducting “readiness” flights to ensure the long-grounded aircraft are airworthy, a draft notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) made public Aug. 3 reveals.
The FAA found that the wiring needs to be separated in 12 places to meet 2007 regulatory changes put in place to prevent wiring failures from creating hazards.
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