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Boeing, FAA both faulted in certification of the 737 Max 8

A panel of international aviation regulators found that Boeing withheld key information about the 737 Max 8 from pilots and regulators, and the Federal Aviation Administration lacked the expertise to understand an automated flight system implicated in two deadly crashes of Max 8 jets.

FAA official echoes Boeing timeline for return of Max

Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft, grounded since March after two fatal crashes in five months, should be back in the air by December, a top U.S. regulator said. It’s not possible to give an exact date as work progresses on safety fixes to the aircraft, Ali Bahrami, the Federal Aviation Administration’s associate administrator for aviation safety, said in an interview Wednesday at a conference in Cologne, Germany.

Legislators: Boeing wanted to wait 3 years to fix Max flaw

Two key lawmakers said Friday that Boeing planned to delay fixing a nonworking safety alert on its 737 Max aircraft for three years and sped up the process only after the first of two deadly crashes involving Max planes last October.

More than 300 Boeing 737s to be inspected for faulty parts

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a statement alerting airlines and international aviation regulators that certain wing parts on more than 300 Boeing 737s may have been improperly manufactured and must be replaced within 10 days.

FAA chief defends handling of Boeing MAX safety approval

The acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration defended his agency’s safety certification of the Boeing 737 MAX jetliner, the plane involved in two deadly crashes, and the FAA’s decision not to ground the jet until other regulators around the world had already done so.

FAA defends its reliance on aircraft makers to certify jets

Under fire from lawmakers on Capitol Hill over the two deadly Boeing crashes, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday defended the FAA’s practice of relying on aircraft makers to help certify their own planes for flight.

Early fix for 737 MAX 8 was in FAA’s hands 7 weeks before Ethiopian crash

Acting Federal Aviation Administration chief Daniel Elwell will tell a Senate hearing Wednesday that “Boeing submitted … to the FAA for certification” its proposed flight-control software enhancement for the 737 MAX 8 on Jan. 21, according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by The Seattle Times.

Five questions Congress will have for Boeing, FAA this week

The relationship between Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration, which has set the global standard in aviation safety for decades, will come under unprecedented scrutiny this week after two deadly airline crashes.

With its strong D.C. ties, Boeing increasingly is elbowing FAA aside

Boeing has spent decades building deep ties across Washington, D.C. The aircraft-making giant reported spending $15 million lobbying Congress, the FAA and other federal agencies last year, and it has hired outside lobbyists to push the oversight delegation issue, according to disclosures filed with the Senate.

Trump names pick for FAA job as agency faces new scrutiny

President Donald Trump is announcing the nomination of a permanent administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration as the agency faces new scrutiny over its oversight of industry in the wake of a pair of deadly crashes involving a new Boeing aircraft.