Federal Aviation Administration News

Boeing 737 MAX Report May Boost Effort to Reform U.S. Airplane Certification

WASHINGTON — A new report into the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to certify the Boeing 737 MAX may help proponents seeking reforms to the long-standing practice of delegating some aircraft certification tasks to manufacturers. On Wednesday, the Transportation Department’s inspector …

Boeing 737 MAX Certification Flight Test Expected Soon

WASHINGTON — A key step in the return to service of the grounded Boeing 737 MAX could take place as soon as early next week, two people briefed on the matter said on Friday. Boeing Co’s best-selling plane has been …

U.S. Board Urges Helicopter Manufacturers to Add Crash-Data Recorders

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday urged six major manufacturers to equip turbine-powered helicopters with crash-resistant systems to record data, audio and images, after former NBA star Kobe Bryant and eight others were killed in a helicopter crash …

U.S. to Mandate New Safety-Management Tools for Aircraft Makers

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it would require Boeing Co and other aircraft manufacturers to adopt new safety-management tools following two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes that killed 346 people. The plan to begin the regulatory process …

Southwest Jet Hits, Kills Man While Landing on Texas Runway

Authorities are investigating how a man managed to get onto a runway at the airport in Austin, Texas, where he was struck and killed by a landing Southwest Airlines Co. jet. No one on the jet was hurt but the …

Last to Ground the Max a Year Ago, FAA’s Global Status Shaken

After the second fatal crash of a Boeing Co. 737 Max jetliner, most of the world’s aviation regulators rushed to ground the jet while the U.S., where it was built, waited for data. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration took three …

Boeing to Separate 737 Max Wire Bundles Before Jet’s Return to Service

SEATTLE/WASHINGTON — Boeing Co plans to separate 737 MAX wiring bundles, flagged by regulators as potentially dangerous, before the jet returns to service, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. The decision to change clusters of wiring …

Why Did Boeing’s Warning on 737 Max Fail to Stop Second Crash?

Eight days after a Boeing Co. 737 Max went down in the Java Sea, killing all aboard, the planemaker issued a worldwide warning to pilots identifying the malfunction that triggered the crash. The bulletin, which was followed almost immediately by …

Boeing Hit With Proposed $19.7 Million Fine for 737 Lapses

Federal regulators hit Boeing Co. with proposed fines totaling $19.7 million for allegedly installing unapproved cockpit equipment in hundreds of 737 Max and Next-Generation aircraft. The company put the devices into a total of 791 planes even though the aircraft …

Kobe Bryant’s Widow Sues Helicopter Operator for Fatal Crash

Kobe Bryant’s widow sued the owner of the helicopter that crashed in California last month, killing the retired basketball legend, their 13-year-old daughter and seven others. Vanessa Bryant is seeking compensatory and punitive damages from Island Express Helicopter Inc. for …