FAA chief faces questioning over Boeing 737 Max airliner

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"I would never certify an airplane I wouldn't put my family on", Dickson told lawmakers at the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, where he appeared Wednesday for his confirmation hearing. The two crashes killed 346 people. "And we need the knowledge", one of the pilots said.

USA aviation has an enviable safety record over the past decade, Dickson said, but the industry is only as good as the last takeoff or landing. "Humility is always in order".

But in a letter obtained by AFP, Michaelis said the instructions weren't sufficient for pilots to know how to handle malfunctions with the anti-stall system. Lawmakers questioned him and other safety experts about the 737 Max fleet.

"This is not self-certification", Mr Elwell said. But, she added, he would have to address many issues at the agency, including those surrounding Boeing. "People who fly airplanes for us", a pilot said. Stephen Dickson is a former Delta Airlines pilot and executive.

The growing use of designated employees to assist in certification is part of the evolving philosophy of greater cooperation between the FAA and the companies it regulates, Boeing said in a statement. Daniel Elwell now serves as acting administrator.

"The use of this outside third party review on un-grounding the airplanes in the future, and their establishment of a blue ribbon commission, using authorities that we put into the FAA law previous year to look at the broader certification of airplanes is an important step as well", Congressman Larsen said.

"The FAA welcomes scrutiny". "But it can always be made better".

But the FAA chief, who hedged his criticism of Boeing over the disasters, faced plenty of tough questioning, including about the agency's move to ground the 737 MAX only after virtually every other civil aviation authority had already taken the plane out of service.

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"In the U.S., the 737 MAX will return to service only when the FAA's analysis of the facts and technical data indicate that it is safe to do so", he said.

China's biggest airlines are considering banding together to seek compensation from Boeing for the disruption caused by the grounding of the United States aircraft manufacturer's 737 Max, people with knowledge of the matter said.

The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday told Congress that Boeing's 737 Max will not fly again until the government is confident it is safe.

During today's hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen, D-Wash., asked Elwell whether the FAA had considered going back to an earlier arrangement that gave regulators more direct oversight over Boeing's representatives. Elwell said he's waiting to see what various investigations and audits have to say. "Not only has ODA been a refined process for decades, it's also been endorsed by Congress".

The IATA event is for airlines only but will include updates from the FAA and Boeing. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space.

The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, reported on Tuesday that an internal FAA review "tentatively determined" that senior officials at the agency weren't involved in or didn't monitor important safety assessments of the 737 MAX flight-control system.

Boeing said last week it only discovered once deliveries of the 737 MAX had begun in 2017 that the so-called AOA Disagree alert was optional instead of standard as it had intended, but added that was not critical safety data.

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