Major Revamp Planned For FAA’s Oversight Process

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FILE- In this March 22, 2019, file photo a worker on a lift works on a Boeing 737 Max 8 being built for SpiceJet at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. On Wednesday, March 27, the Senate aviation subcommittee will examine how the FAA oversees safety in the commercial aviation industry. Expected to testify is […]

Congressional hearings into the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of Boeing before and after two deadly crashes of its 737 Max, which claimed a total of 346 lives, are about to begin.
    
Among those expected to testify before the Senate aviation subcommittee Wednesday is the Transportation Department’s inspector general, who is leading a review of the FAA and Boeing. Calvin Scovel is expected to reveal plans to significantly revamp the FAA’s oversight of airplane construction.
    
Acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell will testify that Boeing submitted an application on Jan. 21 spelling out changes it planned to make to crucial flight-control software on the 737 Max – the same system that is suspected of playing a role in the Oct. 29 crash of a Lion Air jet in Indonesia and the March 10 plunge of an Ethiopian Airlines Max.
    
The Transportation Department watchdog has previously raised questions about the FAA’s certification of Boeing planes and the seemingly close relationship between some agency managers and Boeing.

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