T&I Republican Leaders Request Hearing with Former FAA Officials Who Oversaw the Boeing 737 MAX Certification
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and Subcommittee on Aviation Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA) have formally requested a Full Committee hearing to receive testimony from senior Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials who were in charge of the agency between 2012 and 2017 when nearly all decisions regarding the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX were made.
They wrote to Chairman DeFazio and Chairman Larsen this week to request the hearing, after Ranking Member Sam Graves first requested the hearing in his opening remarks during an October 30th hearing.
As the Committee majority’s investigation of the 737 MAX certification continues, hearing directly from officials who led the FAA and the FAA’s Aviation Safety and Aircraft Certification Service Offices when the 737 MAX was being certified would give the Committee a much more complete understanding of the FAA’s activities and decisions from that time. Committee hearings thus far have received testimony from current FAA officials, Boeing, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and other aviation stakeholders.
The text of the letter:
Dear Chairman DeFazio and Chairman Larsen: We write regarding your ongoing investigation into the design and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX and your planned hearings surrounding that investigation. As requested at the October 30, 2019, Committee hearing titled, “The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Design, Development and Marketing of the Aircraft,” we believe in order for the Committee to have a complete understanding of the certification activities and decisions between 2012 and 2017, we must hear from all those involved in leadership positions at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during that time frame.
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