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We are a non-profit organization dedicated to informing the public about critical issues involving aviation safety.

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Boeing wants FAA to exempt MAX 7 from safety rules to get it in the air

Seattle Times | Jan. 5, 2024 at 6:00 am
Little noticed, days before the holiday break, Boeing petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration for an exemption from key safety standards for the 737 MAX 7 — the still-uncertified smallest member of its newest jet family.

Since August, earlier models of the MAX currently flying passengers in the U.S. have had to limit use of the jet’s engine anti-ice system after Boeing discovered a defect in the system with potentially catastrophic consequences.

The flaw could cause the inlet at the front end of the pod surrounding the engine — known as a nacelle — to break and fall off.In an August Airworthiness Directive, the FAA stated that debris from such a breakup could penetrate the fuselage, putting passengers seated at windows behind the wings in danger, and could damage the wing or tail of the plane, “which could result in loss of control of the airplane.”Dennis Tajer, a spokesperson for the Allied Pilots Association, the union representing 15,000 American Airlines pilots, said the flaw in the engine anti-ice system has “given us great concern.”

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REPORT: Government Data Shows Airlines Have Filed More Than 1,300 Safety Reports on New Boeing MAX Airplanes

The Foundation for Aviation Safety  |  September 21, 2023
As part of The Foundation for Aviation Safety's ongoing efforts to improve aviation safety by exploring, investigating, and exposing significant issues that affect commercial aviation, the Foundation has compiled, and analyzed safety report data filed on MAX aircraft. Boeing MAX airplanes were involved in two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people. The airplane was recertified by the FAA in November 2020 after an 18-month comprehensive recertification process. According to Boeing, as of Aug. 31, the company has delivered 1,298 MAX airplanes worldwide. This includes

Since August, earlier models of the MAX currently flying passengers in the U.S. have had to limit use of the jet’s engine anti-ice system after Boeing discovered a defect in the system with potentially catastrophic consequences.

The flaw could cause the inlet at the front end of the pod surrounding the engine — known as a nacelle — to break and fall off.In an August Airworthiness Directive, the FAA stated that debris from such a breakup could penetrate the fuselage, putting passengers seated at windows behind the wings in danger, and could damage the wing or tail of the plane, “which could result in loss of control of the airplane.”Dennis Tajer, a spokesperson for the Allied Pilots Association, the union representing 15,000 American Airlines pilots, said the flaw in the engine anti-ice system has “given us great concern.”

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Our Mission

Improve Airline Safety

The foundation’s mission is to improve public safety by closely monitoring the aviation industry and the government agencies responsible for regulating the industry.

We are proud to serve as the leading aviation watchdog and will continue to report on illegal activities and other problems impacting safety including ineffective government. We serve the individuals that fly and their loved ones.

Passenger Safety

THE TOP PRIORITY

Aircraft production issues have been the subject of significant public attention due to safety concerns in recent years and the crashes of two brand new Boeing 737 MAX planes. We believe that passenger safety should be a top priority for any aviation manufacturer and regulatory body. It is our mission to become strident and independent advocates toward returning aviation safety to the sector and holding those entrusted with the safety of all of us accountable.

Uncovering Risk

BRINGING TRANSPARENCY TO THE PUBLIC

Our foundation mission starts by bringing transparency to the forefront by uncovering the risks associated with flying on today’s commercial aircraft. We diligently research and analyze the latest safety reports, investigations, and industry developments, to ensure we are armed with accurate and unbiased information.

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The Foundation for Aviation Safety works with leading experts in the aviation industry, including pilots, engineers, mechanics, technicians, flight attendants, air traffic controllers, flight dispatchers, and safety regulators, to ensure the accuracy and credibility of our information. By working closely with these professionals, we are well prepared to provide powerful advocacy to the projects we undertake.

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We understand the importance of educating the public about aviation safety, and that's why we provide comprehensive resources and expert insights on our website. Through informative articles, research papers, and interactive content, we aim to empower the nation’s general public and lobby for change