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787 passes joint Boeing-FAA review

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 20, 2014
Boeing has announced that Raymond L. Conner will take over as CEO and president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes with James Albaugh to retire in October. (Boeing)
File image of a 787-8 test aircraft at Sydney. (Boeing)

A joint review by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing has concluded that the 787 Dreamliner meets required safety standards.

The review, which was launched in January 2013, looked at design, certification and production processes relating to the 787-8.

“The review’s findings validate the integrity of the airplane’s design, and confirm the strength of the processes used to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after the airplane’s certification,” Boeing said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Three of the four recommendations outlined by the FAA/Boeing review relate to the flow of information, standards and expectations between Boeing and its suppliers. The company stated that it has already taken steps to implement these proposals.

The other recommendation is intended to encourage Boeing to continue refining processes that are meant to ensure that a sufficient level of maturity is achieved before aircraft development programs proceed to key milestones such as design completion, production start and entry into service, the company stated.

The review team identified some problems with the manufacturing process and the way we oversee it, and we are moving quickly to address those problems,” FAA administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement.

“Boeing has made a range of improvements to its airplane development processes since the start of the 787 program,” the company concluded. “These efforts included a restructuring last year to bring all commercial airplane development programs under one umbrella organisation.”

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