Still Cannot Make Planes
It’s only what, 3½ years since the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302?
Seriously, as the saying goes, “You had one job.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told Boeing it has not completed key work needed in order to certify the 737 MAX 7 by December, according to a letter from the FAA seen by Reuters.
Lirio Liu, the FAA’s executive director of aviation safety, told Boeing in the Sept. 19 letter that the agency had concerns about the planemaker’s submissions and sought discussion “about realistic timeframes for receiving the remaining documents.”
The FAA told Boeing to turn in all remaining System Safety Assessments (SSAs) by mid-September “if the company intends to meet its project plan of completing certification work (and receiving FAA approval for this airplane) by December.”
Liu said as of Sept. 15, “just under 10% of the SSAs have been accepted by the FAA and another 70% of these documents are in various stages of review and revision.”
Boeing faces a December deadline to win approval from the FAA of the 737 MAX 7 and 10 variants, or it must meet new modern cockpit-alerting requirements that could significantly delay approvals.
Don’t worry about Boeing though, they will get it done, they are already shelling out big bucks to lobby Congress for an extension.
I wish I could say that this is some sort of twisted joke, but it’s true:
The Federal Aviation Administration sent a high-level letter to Boeing this month warning that the documents the manufacturer has provided for certification of the 737 MAX 7 model are wholly inadequate — making it unlikely that MAX 7 certification will be completed by a year-end deadline.
Political action has begun in Congress, however, to provide Boeing the time and leeway it needs to complete the safety assessment documentation.
A Republican senator on Thursday filed an amendment to a pending bill that would grant Boeing the extension it will need to get both the Renton-built MAX 7 and MAX 10 certified without any further design changes.
The MAX 7 is the smallest model in Boeing’s new 737 MAX family of jets. The FAA warned Boeing in March that the largest model, the MAX 10, is also unlikely to meet the deadline.
If Boeing misses the deadline without a congressional extension it would have to redesign and upgrade the MAX’s crew alerting system.
Boeing has lobbied Congress, arguing that maintaining commonality between the MAX crew alerting systems and those on the prior 737 NG models would be safer than upgrading the MAX systems.
Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun even said in July that rather than upgrade the systems, he might cancel the MAX 10 if an extension isn’t granted.
Now that threat would also have to include the MAX 7.
Oh dear, it’s too expensive to fix the problems, so they will just sh%$ can two models, because they need to spend money on stock buybacks in order to help senior management get rich off of their stock options.
Break out the cuffs, Ponch.