FOD in 2/3 of 50 checked planes is pretty shocking. It's even more shocking given Boeing's well publicised FOD issue with KC-46s.
Even if some FOD were left in place by suppliers, it's Boeing that's doing final assembly and everything should be checked post-assembly.
It seems that whistle blower who asked the 737 product manager to stand down the entire line so procedures could be improved may have had a point.
The core issue very well could be managers pushing workers to the point where they don't have time or energy to worry about things such as going back to check for FOD, rather than laziness, union membership, Northwestern US moodiness triggered by constant rain, high real estate prices, excessive caffination, grunge rock, yada yada.
From the article:
Yes, but TFA also says:
“We feel good about the software fix to correct it,” said the person familiar with Boeing’s internal efforts. “It will just take some time.”
The second person, the one familiar with Boeing’s internal efforts, said that a certification flight “is likely in April or May” and that rather than any specific issue, the delay is due to “the overall work on the system safety analysis” (SSA).
The SSA requires detailed analysis of all the possible system failures and estimating a probability for each. The painstaking work of combing through the potential faults and their probabilities is taking a lot of time, he said.
So I don't think we have a definitive reason why we aren't seeing the certification flights yet.
So the head of the FAA saying he will not grant RTS until he personally flies a MAX with his family in it is........
If I was not looking thru fanboy eyes I would say the head of the FAA is being personal rather the professional....but what do I know...
Did he? Literally? I missed that. And its quite unprofessional to state, if true.
No, not literally.
The ST article says:
After all these FAA technical reviews are complete, Administrator Dickson has said he won’t give the final clearance for the MAX to fly until he has flown it himself and is “satisfied that I would put my own family on it without a second thought.”
So Dickson said he needs to fly it himself (not sure if an actual airplane or a sim) and will need to be satisfied he would put his own family on it (but didn't say he would actually do so before approval).