Boeing (2). Elwell: "FAA would need 1.8 billion dollars for certifications"
The Senate will prepare a law to prohibit making optional of security systems -VIDEO
While Boeing presented the new software for the B-737 MAX aircraft, yesterday the United States Senate held hearings by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell, of the Inspector General of Deparment of Transportation Calvin Scovel and Robert Sumwalt, president of the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), who talked about future improvements to the aircraft certification process, and ongoing investigations into the double incident involving a Boeing aircraft. Scovel asked to the senators to start evaluating a law that could give the Department of Transportation an extra capacity in assessing the training of pilots and in prohibiting the practice of self-certification, allowed to aerospace companies to be able to reduce the time and costs.
The same Elwell explained, however, that in order to manage all the certifications of the planes and helicopters in time, the FAA would need about 1.8 billion dollars and 10,000 more employees, which would allow to avoid the delegation of a large part of work to the technicians of the manufacturing companies. However, the interim president of the US federal agency also pointed out that starting from July 2019 the FAA's supervision in the self-certification process will be increased. Asked that the light that alerts the pilots in the event of incorrect reading of the angle of attack sensor data -which will become standard- was "an optional", Elwell explained how according to Boeing it was not considered "safety critical" and has remarked that he found it "hard to believe that airlines would save thousands of dollars on an option that could improve aircraft safety". This is a very widespread theme during the Elwell hearing, so much so that it was stated by some senators of the Democratic Party, that a law will soon be prepared to prohibit aerospace companies from making certain security systems optional.
Below, the full video of the hearing:
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