Senate to Consider Aircraft Certification Reform

Bill could change how the FAA approves new airplanes.

The Senate Commerce Committee has set September 16 for a hearing to consider legislation designed to strengthen U.S. oversight of aircraft certification.  The measure follows two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes and problems with the 737 MAX the company has discovered.

The bill would eliminate the ability of aircraft makers like Boeing to unduly influence the certification process and how the Federal Aviation Administration approves new aircraft.

The legislation would also grant new whistleblower protections to workers at plane and parts manufacturers, and would require the FAA to create a new safety reporting system for employees to detail concerns anonymously.

Representative Peter DeFazio, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said he plans to introduce FAA certification reform this month, adding the Senate bill is a good start but does not go far enough.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For both the Senate and House committees as they take up and debate reform to the certification of aircraft by the FAA.
  • For the Federal Aviation Administration officials as they adapt to new approval rules.

Sources: Reuters, CNBC


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