Boeing Separates CEO, Chairman Role Amid 737 MAX Crisis
Oct 12 2019
Those are the findings of a multiagency task force due to release its findings Friday, according to a report in The New York Times.
The move is an important C-suite reshuffling for Boeing in the run-up to the anticipated re-certification of the Max, as the company seeks to convince global regulators, pilots and fliers that it is committed to product safety.
Democratic Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal said the report confirms "our worst fears about a failed broken system of aviation safety scrutiny".
"The board also plans in the near term to name a new director with deep safety experience and expertise to serve on the board and its newly established Aerospace Safety Committee", said independent lead Director David Calhoun, who will takeover as non-executive chairman.
"There were a lot of good people trying to do the right thing in sometimes hard circumstances", Hart said, adding a key issue is "how do we make sure everybody knows what they need to know". In the same release, Muilenburg emphasized that the company is "laser-focused" on returning to service the 737 Max jetliner, which was grounded by regulators worldwide after two deadly crashes killed 356 people.
FAA Administrator Steven Dickson said in a statement he will review the recommendations and "take appropriate action". The Boeing organization that conducts such work has about 1,500 people, while the FAA team overseeing their work has 45. Many critics say the FAA should take a bigger role.
Bloomberg reported this week that European regulators are not satisfied with the changes that Boeing hopes will get it the all clear signal from the FAA, which could possibly mean that the plane will return to service without their support.
In its report, commissioned by the FAA, the Joint Authorities Technical Review panel finds that Boeing withheld critical details about MCAS from the FAA, saying MCAS "was not evaluated as a complete and integrated function in the certification documents that (Boeing) submitted to the FAA".
In both of the crashes, a single damaged sensor plunged the plane into a irremediable nose dive just minutes after take-off, leaving pilots with no chance of correcting the 737 MAX's path. If the AOA sensors differ by 5.5 degrees or more then MCAS can not operate.
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The panel said the FAA should review delegation procedures "to remove undue burdens and barriers between the Boeing (office) and the FAA and promote cultural changes at both organizations". The panel made a number of recommendations for the Federal Aviation Administration to update its process of certifying new planes.
Muilenburg is set to testify before a U.S. House panel on October 30.
The aviation panel report also said the FAA must ensure manufacturers "provide a full list of all aircraft proposed changes (no matter how trivial)".