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Rytis Beresnevicius
FAA threatened to ground Southwest 737s over safety concerns

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has threatened Southwest Airlines, an owner of over 750 Boeing 737 aircraft, to ground 38 of the jets due to concerns related to their operational history, namely performed maintenance while they were flown by other airlines from outside the United States.  ...


Rytis Beresnevicius
FAA downgrades Malaysia to Category 2 safety rating

After commencing an audit of the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) in April 2019, the FAA presented its findings to the Malaysian authorities in July 2019. In the latest developments, Malaysia's IASA rating has been downgraded to Category 2, restricting flight rights to the US of airlines registered in the country....


Clement Charpentreau
American and Southwest postpone Boeing 737 MAX return to service

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines have once again postponed the return date for the Boeing 737 MAX. They now expect to see the aircraft take back to the skies in early March 2020....


Clement Charpentreau
Lion Air crash report points to Boeing, FAA and airline flaws

The final report of the Indonesian investigators says the design and development of the MCAS system by Boeing was the main cause for the crash of Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX flight JT610 on October 29, 2018, that killed 189 passengers and crew. Improper certification, training, and maintenance issues were also pointed at as contributing factors....


Ruta Burbaite
Blow from the past: Boeing 737 MAX crisis hit with controversy

Just as Boeing seemed to be getting closer to having its upgrades to the 737 MAX flight controls approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) thus clearing the way for the jet to return to commercial service by year end, the crisis surrounding the MAX has been hit with fresh controversy. An exchange of internal messages from 2016 between two senior pilots suggests Boeing already knew about the drawbacks of the MCAS flight-control sy...


Clement Charpentreau
Boeing CEO loses chairman role after 737 MAX certification review

A few hours after the certification of the 737 MAX was criticized by a panel of aviation authorities, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg was stripped from his role as a chairman by the Board of Directors, which elected David Calhoun to replace him....


Clement Charpentreau
FAA issues airworthiness directive for Boeing 737 NG inspection

The Federal Aviation Administration released a new directive for Boeing 737 NG planes after structural cracks had been discovered on several aircraft....


Clement Charpentreau
Boeing reorganizes safety organization before Congress hearing

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg presented a new organizational chart aimed at reinforcing the safety of its products. On October 30, 2019, he will testify in front of the U.S. Congress about the Boeing 737 MAX involved in two crashes that killed 346 people....


Zivile Zalagenaite
Boeing 737 MAX return question caught in FAA reputation crisis

As Boeing nears the end of the 737 MAX software update, the question remains whether aviation authorities will follow the FAA’s example in clearing the aircraft to fly again ‒ as it is a custom in the industry. The discussions and speculation on the topic has intensified in the last week, as global authorities gathered to the ICAO tri-annual assembly session on September 24, 2019. While media reports indicate that regulators authorities are...


Clement Charpentreau
Boeing 737 MAX alerts are poorly designed, says NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the investigative agency responsible for civil transportation accident investigation, criticized the certification of the 737 MAX by Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for misjudging the reaction of pilots in case of malfunction of the MCAS system that caused the crashes of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines. This misinterpretation could have consequences for other aircraft certified...