DOT to Form Committee Studying Aircraft Certification
The U.S. Department of Transportation will form a special committee to review the procedures used by the FAA for the certification of new aircraft. Formation of the committee follows the worldwide grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft. There are concerns that the FAA has turned over too much of the certification review process to the aircraft manufacturer. Retired Air Force Gen. Darren McDew and former Air Line Pilots Association president Lee Moak will serve as interim co-chairs until the full committee is seated, the DOT said. The committee is to be made up of a diverse group of aviation industry stakeholders that will present its findings directly to the heads of the DOT and FAA. DOT secretary Elaine Chao has asked the department's inspector general to conduct an audit of the FAA's certification process for the 737 Max. "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," Chao said in a prepared remark.