DOT Forms ‘Special Committee’ to Review FAA Aircraft Approval Process

By Paul Riegler on 26 March 2019
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IMG_9307The U.S Department of Transportation will form a special committee to review how the Federal Aviation Administration approves new aircraft, the agency said on Monday.

The agency is currently accepting nominations for members via e-mail and has appointed several interim co-chairmen including Lee Moak, a former Delta Air Lines pilot and former president of the Air Line Pilots Association and retired Air Force General Darren McDew, who headed the U.S. Transportation Command.

The committee’s findings and recommendations will be presented to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and to the FAA’s administrator, the DOT said.

“Safety is the number one priority of the Department, and this review by leading outside experts will help determine if improvements can be made to the FAA aircraft certification process,” said Chao said in a statement announcing the committee.

The move comes after the worldwide grounding of all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft. In the United States, these aircraft were primarily operated by American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.

Boeing said it was “looking forward” to working with the committee.

“Safety is our top priority when we design, build, deliver and maintain Boeing aircraft,” the aircraft manufacturer said in a statement.

Pilots at Southwest Airlines expressed support for the special committee as well.

The union representing the airline’s pilots said it “looks forward to ensuring this endeavor is a success so the U.S. aviation industry will remain the safest in the world.”

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