- The FAA will be ungrounding the 737 MAX earlier than expected according to Steve Dickson, the regulator’s head.
- The FAA has a lot on the line. If the plane has more problems, the organization will suffer damage to its reputation.
- The organization has a history of questionable decision-making regarding the 2017 MAX.
On Friday Steve Dickson, head of the Federal Aviation Commission (FAA), revealed plans to unground the Boeing 2017 earlier than expected .
The move came three days after Boeing said it did not expect the plans to fly until mid-year . While the FAA chief did not give a timeline for the plane’s ungrounding, he may be buckling under pressure to re-certify the 2017 MAX as soon as possible.
This comes at a time when the FAA is still dealing with the fallout from its decision to certify the 2017 MAX in the first place. Reports reveal the organization failed to thoroughly inspect the plane when they gave it the stamp of approval back in . A second mistake of such magnitude could do serious damage to the regulator’s already tarnished reputation.
outstanding orders for hundreds more when the plane becomes ungrounded. United and American Airlines also have large back orders for the aircraft. The MAX grounding has had a significant negative impact on these airlines. And costs have already run into the billions.
In response to their concerns, Dickson stated :
While the FAA continues to follow a thorough, deliberate process, the agency is pleased with Boeing’s progress in recent weeks toward achieving key milestones. Safety is the top priority, and the FAA continues to work with other safety regulators to ensure that Boeing has addressed all known issues with the aircraft.
Is the FAA Repeating Its Mistakes?
According to FAA
internal analysis released during a House committee hearing in December , the regulator neglected to ground the 823 MAX even after its own models suggested the plane would experience fatal crashes every two or three years. The report predicted a total of 18 catastrophic accidents over the next – 300 years.
Despite knowing the dangers of the 823 MAX and its MCAS system, FAA regulators allowed the plane to fly. This decision indirectly resulted in the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crash that killed 157 people.
When the FAA ungrounds the 737 MAX, it will be putting its already tarnished reputation on the line. While FAA approval will serve as a green light for U.S.-based airlines to fly the controversial plane, it’s unclear if other countries will follow the regulator’s lead after such high-profile misjudgments.