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Congress on the brink of major FAA oversight reform in wake of Boeing 737 MAX crashes

Congress on the brink of major FAA oversight reform in wake of Boeing 737 MAX crashes
A sweeping reform of how the Federal Aviation Administration approves new commercial aircraft is on the brink of passage in Congress, propelled by a rare bipartisan push and public outrage over the Boeing 737 MAX crashes that killed 346.

Congress on the brink of major FAA oversight reform in wake of Boeing 737 MAX crashes Federal Aviation Administration boss Steve Dickson took a Boeing 737 Max on a test flight Wednesday, Sept.FAA (Tribune News Service) — A sweeping reform of how the Federal Aviation Administration approves new commercial aircraft is on the brink of passage in Congress, propelled by a rare bipartisan push and public outrage over the Boeing 737 MAX crashes that killed 346.Maria Cantwell of Washington, who before the MAX crashes was an advocate of more delegation but aggressively pushed the new legislation in the Senate Commerce Committee, said that relentless trend toward industry self-certification is now over.Many of the detailed provisions in the bill follow the recommendations of various investigations into the MAX crashes and target very specific mistakes in the Boeing jet's development and certification.

" The rush to try to get the bill through Congress this weekend is the culmination of many months of political maneuvering that followed aggressive investigations into the MAX crashes and testy hearings last year when FAA Administrator Steve Dickson was grilled and criticized by lawmakers in both the House and the Senate.While the FAA would still delegate to Boeing a great deal of the certification work on future aircraft, new provisions aim to ensure the FAA's safety experts keep a closer eye on how that work proceeds and that Boeing's cost and schedule targets don't dominate decision making.

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