DOT to Form Special Committee to Review FAA Aircraft Certification Process

The Department of Transportation announced Monday the establishment of an expert Special Committee to review the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) process for the certification of new aircraft, including the Boeing 737 MAX.

The Department of Transportation announced Monday the establishment of an expert Special Committee to review the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) process for the certification of new aircraft, including the Boeing 737 MAX.

The interim co-chairs, pending the appointment of other members to the Special Committee, are Air Force General (Ret.) Darren McDew, former head of the U.S. Transportation Command, and Captain Lee Moak, former President of the Air Line Pilots Association.

“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,” Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao said.

The Special Committee to Review FAA’s Aircraft Certification Process will be an independent body whose findings will be presented directly to the Secretary and the FAA Administrator. It is is being formed within the structure of the Safety Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee (SOCAC), which was created by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Section 202. 

The SOCAC will provided advice and recommendations on issues facing the aviation industry that relate to the FAA’s safety oversight and certification programs and work.

Members of the SOCAC will include individuals representing a diverse group of aviation industry stakeholders. The DOT is soliciting candidates to join the SOCAC through the Federal Register. A copy of the DOT’s Federal Register notice is available here.

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